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Taylor Swift, Kenny Chesney, Keith Urban ask country fans to help Tennessee

Hollywoodnews.com: Nashville’s most recognizable residents, who also happen to be country music’s largest stars, are stepping up and showing their support for Tennessee as the state continues to struggle with rising floodwaters due to torrential downpours.

Kenny Chesney, Taylor Swift, Keith Urban and his A-list wife, Nicole Kidman, are just a few of the country megastars who have donated money and time to relief efforts in Tennessee. Chesney even took to the Internet to show fans the devastation, posting clips of flooded areas on YouTube as he asked for financial aid and support.

“This city is really hurting now,” Chesney said during an appearance on Anderson Cooper’s CNN show, according to the L.A. Times. “You watch on the news and you see all this stuff happen around the world, but, you know, this has really had an effect on this town and on this state and it’s a really tough thing for people to deal with, including me.”

Swift reached into her own pocket, donating $500,000 to Nashville’s recovery efforts. “Nashville is my home, and … the reason why I get to do what I love,” the singer said in an e-mail to the AP. “I have always been proud to be a Nashvillian, but especially now, seeing the love that runs through this city when there are people in crisis.”

On his Twitter page, Chesney encouraged fans to donate to the Nashville Area Red Cross if they felt compelled to help.

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  • May 7, 2010 | Permalink |

    WOW . . .! what a donation . . ?! f u convert $500,000 to Philippine peso, it’s almost 23M. . . . .! Philippine is very far from the civilization in the USA . .!

  • May 7, 2010 | Permalink |

    I’m a very big country fan ! I owen the #1 flood company in washington state. We make it lkie it never even happend.We work on super star’s mansion’s like {nba’s Shawn Kemp } in 2007 the lewis county flood was a state of emegency flood. We worked dor united way of lewis county we helpt them get there life’ back. I have 200 air mover’s and 80 dehumidifier’s I can donate my travel and rent the equipment half price. We do floods all year round we know what we r doing. My army can put NASHVIL back together like it never even happend. My crew would gladly come help u all. I’m teamed up with Advanced Restoration and Dry Sqod I owen Jay’s Carpet Care. I’ve been doing floods for 14 years we do not mis around we get it DONE.I hope u all THE BEST OF LUCKmy # 253 205 16 37 JAson GOOD LUCK AGAIN

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