McGraw Visits With Hurricane Victims in Louisiana

Tim McGraw spent Tuesday (Nov. 29) in Chalmette, La., near New Orleans, to meet with victims of Hurricane Katrina and help launch a national drive to raise money for Habitat for Humanity’s relief efforts. As part of his partnership with to generate donations, the Web site is offering McGraw’s unreleased recording of “Louisiana,” a song written before Hurricanes Katrina and Rita ravaged the state. McGraw told CMT Radio, “It’s been great to be down here and see all the people. It’s such a great spirit these people have.” McGraw added, “Money is what it’s going to take to rebuild all these areas. Nobody’s looking for a handout. These people are working hard. … They’re just asking for some help to get the infrastructure up and running — mainly get their children back where they feel safe and secure and have a routine. Anybody who has kids knows that if your kids don’t feel safe, secure and happy, then you can’t. I think once the infrastructure is up and the children are taken care of, then lives will slowly get back to normal.”