It had only been days since the devastating Hurricane Harvey left Texas and its inhabitants in shambles. People had barely enough time to recover when the state was once again demolished by another destructive hurricane, Irma.
Prior to making landfall in Florida, the Caribbean, and the British Virgin Islands, Irma was already classified as a Category 5 hurricane. During the peak of its strength, the super hurricane since Katrina and Wilma destroyed homes and famous establishments, flooded near-bay areas, and broke trees and branches left and right. As a result, entertainers, and especially country singers whose hometown happen to be in Florida, began using their social media pages to ask fans and followers to give prayers and donate what they can to support the storm’s casualties.
Country artists like Kenny Chesney, Cassadee Pope, and Travis Tritt shared photos of the heartbreaking aftermath while expressing their shock over the calamity. They have also invited people to prepare and give help even during Irma’s impending landfall.
“I urge all my Floridian family, friends, and fans to please heed the early#HurricaneIrma warnings. Don’t let a storm kill you! Prepare now!” urges Tritt on his Twitter account.
Cassadee Pope expressed, “Worried for my home state FL and all my friends and family… please stay safe and evacuate if you’re able.”
According to Brian Kelley, he is “praying real hard for all of our Virgin Island friends and everyone in Florida and Puerto Rico and everyone else in the path of #irma.”
Meanwhile, Kenny Chesney encourages everyone to pray for his friends in the areas affected by the hurricane. In a lengthy post on his Facebook page, he says:
“I don’t know what to say. I’ve never been in war, but the devastation, the people’s faces in a place I know by heart have left me feeling helpless. It’s total devastation.
These are people who live off the sea, who depend on it. They live right there and it’s gone. Most everyone’s displaced. They are frightened, confused, and they don’t know where help is going to come from.
Those lives have changed, and will never be the same. Those small islands are hard to get to and they rely on each other to get through what life hands them. For all of them though they’ve been where I’ve leaned for emotional and creative support for fifteen years because they are so generous.
I don’t know right now how we’re going to do this. But I want to help. I want to enlist my friends to figure out the best ways to make a difference, to help in whatever ways, small or larger, that we can. I’m blessed with so many great people… We’re already talking, trying to figure out how to get in there.
And I know the No Shoes Nation is mighty. They’ve dug in before and made a difference. I have a feeling once we have our plans in the place, they’ll be there again.
Give us a few days to figure this out. Pray/send good thoughts to everyone who’s been effected or is in the path of #hurricaneirma. This is unlike anything they’ve ever seen from St Maartens to St Barths to Puerto Rico then the Caribbean and onto Key West.
Be safe. Tell someone how much you care. Remember to Spread the Love. More Soon”
While donations for Hurricane Harvey victims are still ongoing, you can check out the following websites to see if you can also donate goods or volunteer to help in the rehabilitation and restoration of Hurricane Irma’s overwhelming aftermath:
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