The beautiful superstar of Country Music, Carrie Underwood, has donated $1 million to relief efforts in the aftermath of the deadly and devastating Oklahoma twister. Carrie was born on March 10, 1983 in Muskogee, Oklahoma and lived in Checotah, Oklahoma until she was 15 years old. She just announced on Thursday (May 23) that she used funds from her “Blown Away” Tour’s concert receipts to donate to the Red Cross.
According to People, the country star said in a statement, “I have watched the devastation in my home state of Oklahoma over the past several days with great sadness. 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 tornados.”
Following the news of the Monday, May 18, 2013 deadly tornado, Carrie Underwood tweeted from her Twitter account, “I’m thinking about and praying for my beautiful home state and the people in it tonight.”
Many other stars, including Blake Shelton, Olivia Munn, Miranda Lambert and Kristin Chenoweth took to Twitter to send out prayers to the victims. Blake also announced that he would be hosting a benefit concert called “Healing in the Heartland,” which will air live on NBC on May 29 from the Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City.
Carrie @carrieunderwood continued her tweets from Twitter: “Growing up in tornado alley, you always know what could happen…it doesn’t change how devastating it is when something does happen. #pray”
May 20, 2013, Carrie also retweeted links for the relief efforts as well, “Red Cross Oklahoma @redcrossokc and “Best way to help tornado victims is to donate to the Red Cross at http://redcross.org or text REDCROSS to 90999. #okwx .”
She even retweeted links to help in the recovery efforts, never forgetting her beloved animals. On May 21, she listed a link to “HSUS @HumaneSociety.”
And Carrie shared needs from humane societies and friends, “RT @okhumane Do you have a spare crate at home? We need it for tornado victims. Drop off at @CentralParkMAY, 5420 N Classen #Oklahoma”
Monday, the tornado swirled out of a fast-developing storm that began cutting a destructive path through Moore and other sections of the southern Oklahoma City suburbs on Monday about 2:45 p.m. It plowed through 17 miles of ground over 50 minutes, damaging or destroying hundreds of homes, businesses, schools and hospitals in Moore and in Oklahoma City itself. The twister had developed to massive proportions of two miles (3-K) wide with winds up to 200 mph (320 kph). The National Weather Service declared this deadly twister as an EF4 (on the Enhanced Fujita Scale.) This denotes the tornado as the second most powerful category of tornados. See more video at KWTV/KOTV (ABC affiliates) Through World News Tonight.
Sadly, Briarwood Elementary School and The Plaza Towers Elementary School received “direct hits” from the storm, with their roofs and walls blown off. Both schools were filled with children. Heroic teachers of the schools covered the children’s bodies with their own. Megan Futrell, a 29-year-old teacher, and her 4-month-old son, Case, had tried to save themselves by hiding in the freezer of a local 7-Eleven. But it was no use. The tornado turned the store into splinters, killing them both.
Victims were trapped beneath the rubble, as the twister destroyed entire neighborhoods and throwing vehicles throughout the devastation. The death toll rose to 24 with 9 children killed (two were infants.) A total of 242 patients, including 58 children, were treated at hospitals. Many patients have been treated and discharged while others have been transferred among hospitals.
On May 23, Carrie tweeted: “And just like that, the tour is over.” “The “Blown Away” 8 month tour began in mid-September 2012 and ended on May 23, 2013.
Carrie Underwood’s amazing gift of 1 million dollars is one of the largest donations known to date for the relief efforts for what is now being called the Newcastle-Moore, Oklahoma tornado. We wonder if Carrie Underwood’s “Blown Away”may have stemmed from her own childhood experience of tornadoes in Oklahoma. How fitting that everything blown away in her own home state, Carrie Underwood and her “Blown Away Tour” comes to the rescue to bless and rebuild from the devastation of the deadly twister.
Red Cross or text REDCROSS to 90999. #okwx .
Oklahoma Humane Society