Kenny Chesney has been living in the U.S. Virgin Islands for over two decades, so when Hurricane Irma and subsequently Hurricane Maria came through and devastated most of the islands, Chesney needed to do something. He wanted to help the many friends he made over the years on both the U.S. and British Virgin Islands
That’s why Chesney created Love for Love City Foundation. The foundation was started to identify pressing local needs, create opportunities for companies to donate supplies, food, physical goods or transport and people to contribute to the ongoing rebuilding of the islands.
“Getting supplies in is hard. Finding places for workers to stay is even harder now that Hurricane Maria has done so much damage to St. Croix,” Chesney says. “Because it’s so hard to get even the basic supplies in, let alone the news media, people really aren’t seeing how devastating these hurricanes have been.”
Chesney has already been doing everything he can to help out, including using his private plane to transport supplies such as, food, water, medical supplies, generators, tools, clothes, tarps and camping equipment, to those in need. The plane was also useful when Chesney transported two teen boys, who were stranded, over to the states to be with their mother.
“With all the crisis across the country, it’s so easy to feel overwhelmed, or to respond to the first person who reaches out. In St. John and the other surrounding islands, there is so much more to the needs than just materials,” Chesney adds. “We have to get the equipment necessary there… We need to figure out how to shelter workers rebuilding the community… We have to understand, too, that entire communities have been wiped out. Right now, making sure the people in the U.S. and British Virgin Islands aren’t forgotten in all the other equally troubling stories is critical.”
The “Living in Fast Forward” singer wants everyone to know that Love for Love City is the sole charity that he is affiliated with. Other charities claiming to be associated with or working with the singer are not to be trusted.
Donations to Love For Love City can be made HERE.