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After the big, tragic, awful Nashville flood, I was desperate to do something to help the struggling people down there. So I started my quest by finding an American Red Cross relief center that needed all kinds of odds and ends for the victims. Not just money (although they needed that, too) but everyday items that stores were out of. Some people hadn’t even been able to brush their teeth. I sent out a plea to my neighbors looking for donations. By the next day, my dining room table was covered with toothbrushes, duct tape, batteries, soap, shampoo, tissue, hand sanitizer, candy bars and so many other things you might take for granted on a day-to-day basis. Then I had this epiphany. How the hell was I going to get six giant duffel bags of stuff from Chicago to Nashville? And quickly? I got in touch with Luke Bryan, who was playing in town the next night, and asked if he could make room on his tour bus for these bags of generosity and then deliver them to the Red Cross center when he got back to town. Being the gentleman that he is, he said, “Of course. No problem. Happy to do it.” All the good country music I love comes from good hearts like his.