Reba McEntire Feeds Thousands of Families in Oklahoma
Reba McEntire is making sure plenty of families will be well fed in her native state of Oklahoma as the year draws to a close. The country icon learned of a food bank located in the town of Kiowa, where she attended school as a child, and wasted no time in donating a large sum of money to support the worthwhile cause.
While the 'Somebody's Chelsea' singer refused to disclose the amount, a spokesperson for the food bank said it was a substantial gift -- enough to provide 200,000 meals, or feed more than 2,300 families for one week.
"We are thankful for this generous donation from Reba McEntire," executive director of the Regional Food Bank Rodney Bivens, shares (quote via News OK). "No child should ever have to go to bed with the pains of hunger in their stomach."
The 56-year-old songbird is well-known for her charitable giving. She co-hosted a tornado relief concert in Oklahoma earlier this year with Blake Shelton, and also donated $100,000 to the Red Cross (where she serves on the National Celebrity Cabinet), following Nashville's deadly floods last year. Reba says she is always eager to help when she can.
"To know that you can lend a hand and make someone's life a little better, brings you back up to realize why you are on this earth in the first place," she shares. "And that's to learn how you can grow as a better person by giving and loving."
Reba will spend several weeks at home before she heads overseas for a series of shows in England, Ireland, Switzerland and Germany. See her concert schedule here.