OFFSTAGE: Kid Rock’s Feel-Good News

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Kid Rock has always been kind of a bad-ass. But now he’s some sort of feel-good bad-ass. He just spent about $30,000 to help his neighbors in need. Kid Rock bought 1,200 $25 gift cards from the Meijer department/grocery store that are being given out through local radio stations throughout the Detroit area as a Christmas gift. How nice is that? What I love about this kind of charity is that a lot of people get a little help, as opposed to a little group of people getting a lot of help. Does that make sense? So Kid Rock is making it possible for 1,200 families to maybe have a better dinner on Christmas. Or get their kids new boots. Or pay down their debts. Or get the oil changed on their cars. Or give their gift card away to someone who needs it even more. If you were given one of Kid Rock’s gift cards, how would you spend it?

Alison makes her living loving country music. She's based in Chicago, but she's always leaving her heart in Nashville.