It’s the season for giving back and no one knows this more than Rascal Flatts. The country trio make it an annual tradition to visit Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt in Nashville, and this year “TODAY” went along with them.
For well over a decade, Rascal Flatts have made a point to visit the hospital during the holidays and in 2018 they met with patients and read the holiday classic “T’was The Night Before Christmas” to the children.
“It’s such a magical place,” Rascal Flatts’ Jay DeMarcus says of the hospital. “They’ve become really more like family now than anything else because we’ve been partnering with them for so many years. It’s one of the things that we do that I’m most proud of.”
Frontman Gary LeVox agrees, adding that it is important for the band to give back.
“When God’s blessed you with a platform to be able to make a living doing something that you love to do . . . the only thing to do is to give back and bless someone else,” he adds. “There’s nothing more important to those kids than your time.”
One mother spoke with “TODAY,” sharing that Rascal Flatts’ visit made the hospital feel less like a hospital. She says meeting Rascal Flatts put a smile on both of her children’s faces.
The trio teamed up with Amazon Music and Toys for Tots to host story time with the children at the hospital and today their reading of “T’was The Night Before Christmas” is available as a free Audible download. Through the holidays fans can say, “Alexa, read The Night Before Christmas on Audible by Rascal Flatts” and it will play the recorded audio version of the story. Fans can also give a toy to a child in need by saying, “Alexa, donate to Toys for Tots” and Amazon will match it toy for toy.
Rascal Flatts will return to television Tuesday night when they perform their new single “Back To Life” on the season finale of “The Voice” with finalist Kirk Jay. The show will air on Dec. 18 at 7/8C on NBC.