Now that Hurricane Irma has devastated the Virgin Islands (and Kenny Chesney‘s island home), the country singer is ready to help.
Chesney recently spoke with HLN’s Robin Meade about the devastation. Chesney said that he — and all of No Shoes Nation — will help the people (and animals) of the Virgin Islands.
“I’m going to do everything that I possibly can to try to relieve some stress from people that I’ve really grown to love over the years, who have meant so much to my life,” the country singer said. “And this place, these islands have meant so much to me. They’ve shaped me as a human being. It’s given me creativity, it’s given me a different way of looking at the world, a different window to see the world through.”
Chesney wasn’t at his St. John home when Hurricane Irma hit but others were there. The leader of No Shoes Nation had almost two dozen people escaping the weather at his home — and a few dogs, too. Unfortunately, the house ended up being hit pretty hard. Eventually, the windows blew out. Although Chesney’s home was destroyed, he wants to help more than himself.
He has now launched Love for Love City, which benefits Hurricane Irma victims in the US and British Virgin Islands.
“I don’t know right now how we’re going to do this. But I want to help,” he writes on his website. “I want to enlist my friends to figure out the best ways to make a difference, to help in whatever ways, small or larger, that we can. I’m blessed with so many great people… We’re already talking, trying to figure out how to get in there. And I know the No Shoes Nation is mighty. They’ve dug in before and made a difference. I have a feeling once we have our plans in the place, they’ll be there again.”