No sooner had Carrie Underwood played the final notes on her Blown Away Tour (which concluded last night in Abbottsford, British Columbia), then did she turn her attention to her home state of Oklahoma. And in a big way, too — by announcing that she would donate $1 million from the tour’s proceeds to the Red Cross, to help aid the victims of the fatal tornadoes that touched down this week in Oklahoma.
“I have watched the devastation in my home state of Oklahoma over the past several days with great sadness,” Carrie said in a press statement. “With the help of my fans who attended my concerts over the past year, we can offer the Red Cross a little extra help in comforting those affected by the recent tornadoes.”
The contribution plan was established when the Blown Away Tour launched last year, where one dollar from every ticket would go to Red Cross disaster relief.
And thanks to all who came to a show during this entire tour! I hope you all feel great about the Red Cross contribution that WE made today!
— Carrie Underwood (@carrieunderwood) May 24, 2013
Oklahoma may be Carrie’s home state, but this isn’t a case of playing favorites. Last year, for instance, she donated proceeds from a show in Atlantic City, N.J. to aid victims of Superstorm Sandy. “You have been through so much and still rocked the house!” she wrote at the time.
Neal Litvack, chief development officer for the Red Cross, issued a statement thanking Carrie for her donation.
“The impact of the tornadoes in Oklahoma and the Midwest was devastating and the road to recovery will be long for many families,” he said. “Through the generosity of Carrie, the American Red Cross can quickly respond with shelter, food and comfort now, and with lasting help as they move toward recovery.”
Growing up in tornado alley, you always know what could happen…it doesn’t change how devastating it is when something does happen. #pray
— Carrie Underwood (@carrieunderwood) May 21, 2013