Country Musicians Do Good in the Neighborhood

Giving Season Inspires Acts of Kindness Throughout the Nation

The holiday giving season is bringing out the best in the country music community and several artists are inspiring others to give back.

Dolly Parton’s Smoky Mountains Rise telethon on Tuesday (Dec. 13) brought in some big money donations for her My People Fund, which will provide monthly $1,000 donations to those who lost their homes in the East Tennessee wildfires. Monetary donations are still being accepted online through the Dollywood Foundation website.

Additionally, Frankie Ballard, Kelly Clarkson, Charlie Worsham and the Zac Brown Band are each hosting benefit concerts this weekend, while Drew Baldridge, Luke Bryan, Dan + Shay, Brett Eldredge, Kacey Musgraves and Chris Young have each donated some time to support those in need.

CMT’s pro-social initiative, CMT One Country, also offers volunteer opportunities nationwide through the CMT One Country website.

Here are 11 acts of kindness showing how these artists are doing good in the neighborhood.

Baldridge visited Nashville’s Litton Middle School Band this week to donate a new Bose speaker system and a custom Pelican travel case with the music education non-profit Music Makes Us. “We live in ’Music City’ so no one should be surprised that I am a super advocate of music education,” he said in a press release. “I know how much my own life has benefited from it and, every day, people tell me that music healed their souls, or touched their hearts, or steered them down the right path, and I believe it is that powerful.”

For the last eight years, Ballard’s final show of the year has been a benefit concert in his home state of Michigan supporting a different charity every year. The 2016 benefit has been extended into a two-night stand at Michigan’s Kalamazoo State Theatre, starting Friday (Dec. 16), with a portion of the proceeds supporting the For the Linds Sarcoma Fund. The non-profit initiative started in 2013 to support sarcoma research in the memory of his late radio representative Lindsay Walleman, who lost her battle with the disease at age 28.

Bryan spent part of his Friday (Dec. 9) afternoon visiting with the Spring Hill Fire Department at their annual Christmas lunch at a local Mexican restaurant in Spring Hill, Tennessee. Ten firefighters from the department were among the first responders in the East Tennessee wildfires that devastated Sevier County and Bryan wanted to thank them for their service.

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