We put together a list of five country stars that started, run, and/or care about a charity. Check ’em out!
Willie Nelson – Farm Aid
In 1985, Nelson teamed up with Neil Young and John Mellencamp to put together the first ever concert to benefit Farm Aid, which supports family farms and raises awareness of the loss of farms in the United States. Today, the concert is in its 31st year. Find more info at www.farmaid.org.
“There are so many things people have done to make me proud of Farm Aid, it’s impossible to list them all,” Nelson says. “Now we’re waiting for one of those smart guys up in Washington to do something about it.”
Garth Brooks – Teammates For Kids
In 1999, Brooks and Bo Mitchell started the nonprofit Teammates For Kids, which helps fund other nonprofit organizations that help children with regard to health, education and inner-city services.
“100% of the money goes to the kids,” it reads on the organization’s website. “That’s not a goal…it’s the rule!”
Find TFK at www.teammatesforkids.com.
Miranda Lambert – MuttNation Foundation
Lambert and her mother, Bev, started MuttNation, which is determined to end animal cruelty, neglect, and homelessness.
“It’s so sad,” Lambert told the Tennessean. “You see little dogs that have never had any love or care and you think, ‘Oh my God, is there 50 loving homes out there for these babies?’”
If you love animals, check out the organization’s website at muttnationfoundation.com.
Clay Walker – Band Against MS
In 1996, Walker heard from doctors that he had multiple sclerosis. A lucky seven years later, he started Band Against MS, which strives to provide educational information for folks with MS, fund and support programs and research to find a cure, and to aid other like-minded programs.
Fortunately, his MS is subdued, thanks to a daily injection and a very healthy lifestyle, which involves his daughters, horseback riding, and fishing.
“I just feel so grateful I can do things like play the guitar, dance, and sign autographs,” says Walker on bandagainstms.org. “I think I appreciate every show more than I used to because I know it could all be taken from me. I don’t want to waste even one day.”
Craig Morgan – Dickson County Craig Morgan Foundation
Morgan has a heart for kids. He’s got four of his own, and supports many, many others through his organization. DCCMF is out to maintain a home called Billy’s Place for temporarily displaced children in Dickson County Tennessee. They also seek to provide funding to the home and various other children’s organizations.
“Growing up a child in a home with both parents, I was fortunate to feel the love of those parents every day,” Morgan says on his website. “Unfortunately, there are children who are not so blessed and for whatever reason are displaced from their families and/or their homes; some temporarily, some permanently.”
Check out DCCMF at www.craigmorgan.com/philanthropy.