Stars are taking their well-wishing one step further – by raising hard cash.Blake Shelton teaming up with NBC to put on a benefit concert to raise money for those affected by the tragic Oklahoma tornado.
Shelton is using his position as a judge on The Voice, to raise awareness, opening Tuesday night’s show by performing an acoustic version of “Over You” alongside wife Miranda Lambert. Meanwhile, the donation information for The Red Cross was behind them on-screen. “I think ‘Over You’ was the perfect song for this situation,” Shelton said later on. “The moment was right. I wish things could have been different. I wouldn’t have thought about performing a song like that, but it seemed like the right thing to do.” And it was later revealed that he and NBC were amidst the planning stages of a benefit concert to raise money. “We’ll know more about it in the next 24 hours,” Shelton told Billboard. “I’m hoping it will raise a lot of money. Obviously, it will be televised and will happen really quickly.”
There’s no doubt he’ll enlist the help of some high-profile celebs to perform, making tickets for the event too hot to miss. Cee Lo Green, Christina Aguilera, Adam Levine, Shakira, and Usher are likely, given their proximity to The Voice. Kelly Clarkson and Sheryl Crow are also close friends so expect to see them involved in some way, alongside, of course, his wife.
Kristin Chenoweth,an Oklahoma native, is offering the Lending a Helping Paw shirts for $25 (£16) through her animal charity Maddie’s Corner, which she named after her beloved dog Maddie.
Chenoweth’s goal is to sell 1,000 shirts to generate more than $17,500 (£11,290), which she will donate to pets in need of medical attention after the natural disaster, which ripped through the town of Moore, wiping out entire streets and claiming 24 lives.
A post on the organisation’s website states, “Maddie is a little dog but right now she’s got her paws wrapped around her mama’s home state of Oklahoma in a big hug of love and support following the devastating tornado. So many lives, both human and animal, were torn apart…
“We are going to do whatever we can to help those affected by the tornado to recover and rebuild. We will be sending food, building supplies, medical supplies and veterinarians, if needed. We want to see everyone reunited with lost pets and help families to heal and care for themselves during this difficult time. Let’s rally together… for good!”
The T-shirt, which features the outline of Oklahoma and illustrations of a cat and dog, is also available for pets.