Chris Janson Donates Merch Money to West Virginia Flood Victims
Chris Janson is giving back to those in need in an area near and dear to his heart. The singer donated all of the money from merchandise sales at a recent concert to those affected by flooding in West Virginia.
During his show on Friday (July 22) at Peck Fest in Point Pleasant, W.V., Janson announced onstage that the money made selling his merch during the event would be going to flood relief in the state.
"It's the right thing to do," Janson told the crowd. "I've played many nights here in West Virginia, and the people have always treated me and my family so nice. It's like a second home to me."
A press release did not indicate the total amount raised by Janson's fans at Peck Fest.
Janson is not the only country music star looking to help out following the flooding in West Virginia in late June. About a week after floods killed more than 20 people and destroyed a number of small towns, causing 44 of the state's 55 counties to declare a state of emergency, Brad Paisley set up a GoFundMe account to aid those affected and is challenging his fans to help him hit a goal of $1 million in donations.
“We as a state are a very strong state. We have much love for one another, we band together in these times; we can do this,” Paisley says. "Now is the time to, all of us, whether you’re a West Virginian or just a fan of mine, or know a West Virginian or are an American, if you have a dollar or two to spare, send it to the site.”
As of publication time, more than $667,000 has been raised in 27 days. At the end of June, Paisley -- a West Virginia native -- went back to his home state to see the devastation firsthand and meet some of those in charge of the GoFundMe money distribution.
Janson is currently on the road, on his 2016 Buy Me a Boat Tour. More information about the trek can be found on his official website.