Morgan Wallen Feeds Thousands Of Firefighters & First Responders With $25,000 Donation To Tennessee Wildfire Relief

Morgan Wallen is giving back to his neighbors in Tennessee after wildfires have burned over 3,000 acres near the Great…

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Lauren Jo Black

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April 5, 2022

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Morgan Wallen; Photo by John Shearer, Getty Images

Morgan Wallen is giving back to his neighbors in Tennessee after wildfires have burned over 3,000 acres near the Great Smokey Mountains and Sevier County, which forced thousands of nearby residents out of their homes.

The East Tennessee native and his More Than My Hometown Foundation recently donated $25,000 to Greater Good Music to assist in wildfire disaster relief efforts. The donation provided hot meals for relief workers, mobile food pantries, clothing, and supplies for the communities in the fire zone near his hometown.

“We are so grateful to Morgan for helping us provide hot meals to firefighters and first responders in the fire zone, as well as assist families that have been displaced and in need of food, clothing, and supplies in the coming days,” said Sheila Jones, executive director of Greater Good Music.

Morgan Wallen; Photo by David Lehr
Morgan Wallen; Photo by David Lehr

Several hundred firefighters from around the state of Tennessee also pitched in to offer help in fighting the two fast-moving wildfires fueled by high winds and dry conditions near Pigeon Forge and Sevierville, Tennessee.

“Just wanted to say thanks again to your crew, Morgan, and his foundation for working with us to help wildfire relief efforts in Tennessee,” Jones later added. “Because of your support, this weekend, we were able to quickly team up with Operation BBQ Relief to serve 2400 warm meals to firefighters and first responders from 400 different agencies from across Tennessee who were staged at Pigeon Forge High School.”

Wallen’s generous donation provided each firefighter fighting the raging wildfires with lunch and dinner as well as hydration from Saturday, April 2, through today.

Thank you to the amazing firefighters from across the state of Tennessee who contained a 3,000 acre wildfire this weekend near Smokey Mountain National Park. Although 300 structures were lost (including firetrucks) and 11,000 homes had to be evacuated, these brave first responders saved many homes and lives and adverted a larger disaster. The fire is now 98% contained! We were honored to team up with East Tennessee native Morgan Wallen and his More Than My Hometown Foundation and Operation BBQ Relief to help provide 2400 warm meals to first responders who were staged at Pigeon Forge High School this weekend. We will continue working to help families who were displaced by the fires and in need of food and clothing over the coming days and weeks. #MorganWallen #MusicIsGood #OBRcares

Posted by Greater Good Music on Monday, April 4, 2022

While the fires have affected at least 300 structures and are now 95% contained, the community still has a long way to go to recover from the fires that resulted in the loss of personal property and more. Those who wish to contribute to wildfire relief, you may do so via a tax-deductible donation at GreaterGoodMusic.org.

Greater Good Music is an organization that unites music artists and volunteers working on the ground to help communities in need on concert tours and in disaster zones around the U.S. The organization also turns a normal concert day into a day of giving by working with music artists and food banks to organize mobile food distributions before showtime on country, rock, and pop concert tours around the nation. The organization also partners with the music industry to deliver food and supplies to disaster areas.

Morgan Wallen; Photo Courtesy of David Lehr
Morgan Wallen; Photo Courtesy of David Lehr

Recently, Wallen also raised $120,000 for his More Than My Hometown Foundation. The money, which was raised for his foundation via his three consecutive sold-out concerts in Nashville, will be put into initiatives for adolescent development, resources and local communities.

Founded by Wallen in 2021, the More Than My Hometown Foundation came about from his own family’s experience.

“Since my parents fostered and now officially adopted my sister Lacey, I’ve witnessed what love and care can do for a child that didn’t have it before. She has transformed into a confident, trusting and happy kid,” Wallen shared. “There are many elements that aid in the development and protection of an adolescent’s life, and that is why I created the foundation, so a child’s resources are not limited due to their circumstances.”

If you wish to donate to Wallen’s More Than My Hometown Foundation, you can HERE.

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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.