JUST IN: Morgan Wallen Goes On $20,000 Angel Tree Shopping Spree, Adopting 200 Underprivileged Kids Before Christmas
Morgan Wallen is making the Christmas dreams of 200 Tennessee children come true this holiday season. Over the weekend, in…
Morgan Wallen; Photo by David Lehr
Morgan Wallen is making the Christmas dreams of 200 Tennessee children come true this holiday season.
Over the weekend, in the midst of three consecutive sold-out concerts in Southaven, Mississippi, the country hitmaker made a stop at Walmart in neighboring Memphis, Tennessee to adopt 200 angels from The Salvation Army of Memphis & the Mid-South Angel Tree program.
After several hours of shopping, Wallen, his band and team were able to fill 32 shopping carts with toys, bicycles, clothes and more, totaling over $20,000, according to a press release.
Wallen says the spirit of giving was instilled in him as a young boy and hopes to make this a yearly holiday tradition.
“For me growing up, my parents, they always made sure that I had presents under the tree. I know that all kids are not as fortunate to have that same experience,” Wallen shared in a press statement.
The East Tennessee native continued, “I got to partner up with The Salvation Army and Walmart to make a whole lot of kids happy this Christmas… I hope we get to do it again next year.”
Following Wallen’s generosity, which will make kids smile on Christmas, spokesperson for the Salvation Army of Memphis & the Mid-South, Nina Harrelson, shared, “because of Wallen’s generosity, parents struggling this year with job loss, homelessness and the impact of the ongoing pandemic will be able to go to sleep on Christmas Eve knowing their children will wake up to gifts under the tree.”
The Angel Tree program is a long-standing holiday tradition that provides toys and clothing to children, seniors and families who are struggling to make ends meet at Christmastime.
With the events of 2020 and 2021, more families than ever are in need of support and assistance this time of year.
Those interested in adopting an angel from the Memphis area, can click HERE.
The donation comes after Wallen’s sophomore project, Dangerous: The Double Album, closed out the year as the best-selling album of any genre.
After a short break over the holidays, Wallen will return to the road for the 54-date The Dangerous Tour, featuring special guests HARDY and Larry Fleet. The tour has already sold out in most markets.
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Lauren Jo Black
Lauren Jo Black, a University of Central Florida graduate, has immersed herself in the world of country music for over 15 years. In 2008, she co-founded CountryMusicIsLove, eventually selling it to a major record label in 2015. Following the rebranding of the website to Sounds Like Nashville, Black served as Editor-in-Chief for two and a half years. Currently, she assumes the role of Editor-in-Chief at Country Now and oversees Country Now’s content and digital footprint. Her extensive experience also encompasses her previous role as a Country Music Expert Writer for Answers.com and her work being featured on Forbes.com. She’s been spotlighted among Country Aircheck’s Women of Influence and received the 2012 Rising Star Award from the University of Central Florida. Black also spent time in front of the camera as host of Country Now Live, which brought live music directly to fans in 2021 when the majority of concerts were halted due to the pandemic. During this time, she hosted 24 weeks of live concerts via Country Now Live on Twitch with special guests such as Lady A, Dierks Bentley, Jordan Davis, Brett Young, and Jon Pardi. Over the course of her career, she has had the privilege of conducting interviews with some of the industry’s most prominent stars, including Reba McEntire, Blake Shelton, Luke Combs, Carrie Underwood, Luke Bryan, Miranda Lambert, Lainey Wilson, and many others. Lauren Jo Black is a longtime member of the Country Music Association and the Academy of Country Music.