Carrie Underwood Donates $1 Million to Red Cross
By Breeanna Hare, CNN
(CNN) — Singer Carrie Underwood has become more akin to an “American Hero” to Oklahomans recovering from this week’s deadly tornado.
The 30-year-old OK native (and season 4 “American Idol” champ) has donated $1 million to the Red Cross for disaster relief, which will aid those rebuilding after Monday’s monstrous twister decimated the town of Moore, Oklahoma. The sum was generated by proceeds from her “Blown Away” tour.
“I have watched the devastation in my home state of Oklahoma over the past several days with great sadness,” Underwood said in a 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.”
Underwood had a similar response to the wreckage Hurricane Sandy left behind in New Jersey last year. After performing in Atlantic City in November 2012, Underwood donated all of the proceeds from that night’s show to the recovery effort.
Her latest hefty gift to the Red Cross will be stretched to cover other crises around the country.
CNN’s Denise Quan contributed to this report.