Justin Moore performed at a benefit concert on Friday (Sept. 21), for Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School’s MSD Fund, a charity honoring the heroes, victims and survivors of gun violence in schools. The first-ever #MSDCOUNTRYSTRONG event was held in Parkland, Fla., where Justin served as the evening’s headliner.
On Feb. 14, 2018, a gunman opened fire at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School killing 17 students and staff members. Ahead of the concert, Justin was joined by several families of the victims where he donated $30,000 to the MSD Fund on behalf of his family and crew. During his set later that night, the singer invited the families of the victims to the stage as he addressed the audience.
“I’m of the belief that when God allows you to have a platform like I have, you’re supposed to use it for good,” he said. “I’m a father of four. I send each and every one of them to school every day and drop them off. Usually it’s late, but I drop them off each and every day. My first prayer is that they’ll come home safe that afternoon. I can’t even fathom what these families up here — and maybe some of you guys — have had to deal with and the difficulty this has caused. So sorry for that.”
He continued, “I’m not going to pretend to know what that feels like. Just know that from me and my camp that we’ll be praying for your continued healing, and we hope and pray that one day, at some point, you’ll see your loved ones again.”
According to a press release, ahead of singing “If Heaven Wasn’t So Far Away,” Justin took another moment to address all the servicemen and women in the audience.
“I’ve got to be honest, I’ve done a lot of charity events over the years benefiting so many different things,” he said. “I’ll tell you what, this one has really touched me . . . having the opportunity here tonight to meet wives and dads and moms, brothers, sisters and sons and daughters. It really is touching, especially me being a father. It effects me.”