CHRIS YOUNG ANNOUNCES A CMA-SPONSORED TOYS FOR TOTS DRIVE
TO BENEFIT CHILDREN DEVASTATED BY WILDFIRES IN EAST TENNESSEE
NASHVILLE – Chris Young has been making the holidays shine for children by partnering with Toys for Tots to collect toys for deserving children in nine states during his “I’m Comin’ Over Tour” this fall. Young, who is a member of the CMA Board of Directors, announced Saturday in Knoxville during the final stop of the tour that CMA will be supporting the effort by collecting unwrapped toys from the music community in Nashville that will be delivered to children in Gatlinburg, Tenn. who have been devastated by recent wildfires.
"Tennessee is my home and the families of Gatlinburg have lost so much - I'm glad to have the opportunity to help bring smiles to the children here at Christmastime," said Young.
“We are asking our industry colleagues to give so that children who have nothing left have something to hope for this holiday season,” said Sarah Trahern, Chief Executive Officer of CMA.
Members of the trade association are encouraged to bring unwrapped toys to the annual member party on Tuesday, Dec. 13 at CMA’s new corporate offices, 35 Music Square E., Suite 201, Nashville. CMA will be accepting donations through Friday, Dec. 16 during regular operating hours (9:00 AM-5:00 PM/CT). On Tour Logistics a Division of Averitt Express has agreed to transport the toys from Nashville to Gatlinburg for free on Monday, Dec. 19.
“We have many artists and CMA members with strong ties to East Tennessee and we are thankful to Chris for spearheading this effort,” Trahern said. “Recovery in the region will take time, but getting a cherished toy into the hands of a child who has lost everything will hopefully spread some needed joy.”
CMA and Kenny Chesney, who is from East Tennessee, recently announced a joint $500,000 fund ($250,000 each) to aid the region in its ongoing recovery efforts.
ABOUT TOYS FOR TOTS: Toys for Tots, a 69-year-old national charitable program run by the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve, provides happiness and hope to disadvantaged children during each Christmas holiday season. The toys, books and other gifts collected and distributed by the Marines offer these children recognition, confidence, and a positive memory for a lifetime. It is such experiences that help children become responsible citizens and caring members of their community. Last year the Marine Corps fulfilled the holiday hopes and dreams of 7 million less fortunate children in 782 communities nationwide. Since 1947 over 237 million children have been assisted. For more information, visit www.toysfortots.org.
CMA has taken donations for Toys for Tots during the annual taping of “CMA Country Christmas” since 2014.
ABOUT CHRIS YOUNG:
With five albums to his credit, GRAMMY® nominee Chris Young has amassed eight No. 1 singles, and fifteen Gold/Platinum certifications. Among the RCA Records artist’s hits are “Gettin’ You Home,” “Voices,” “Tomorrow,” “I’m Comin’ Over,” and his latest No. 1 “Think Of You,” the Grammy and CMA nominated duet with Cassadee Pope and fastest-rising single of Young's career. Released in November of 2015 and debuting at No. 1 on Billboard’s Top Country Albums chart, Young’s first co-produced album, I’m Comin’ Over, also includes the Top 15 and climbing single, “Sober Saturday Night” featuring Vince Gill and the three-week No. 1 smash title track. The single and album earned him four ACM Awards nominations, including his first in the coveted Album of the Year category as both the artist and producer, and a Billboard Music Awards nomination for Top Country Song. In October, he released his highly anticipated Christmas album, It Must Be Christmas. Young was also a performer on “CMA Country Christmas” which re-airs on Saturday, Dec. 24 (9:00 PM/ET).
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