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Kenny Chesney Shares Heartbreaking Hurricane Irma Photos And Vows To Help Storm Victims

by Ileana Paules-Bronet
Ileana is a writer on the Original Content team. She lives in Brooklyn, NY.

Just days after Hurricane Harvey swept through Texas, destroying and flooding everything in its path, the US had a new storm to worry about: Hurricane Irma.

Irma, which made landfall in the Caribbean, and then made its way to Florida, completely destroyed houses, beaches, and entire towns.

Most of the country has followed the storm on the news and on the internet, but people who live in Florida and the Caribbean islands have dealt with the storm firsthand.

Country music star Kenny Chesney actually spends a lot of his time in St. John, in the Caribbean, where he has a home.

Like so many, Kenny was devastated that his home was completely destroyed, but he grew more upset about the struggles his fellow residents are facing in the wake of the storm.

He recently posted photos of the storm’s devastation on Instagram and vowed to help other Hurricane Irma victims.

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Kenny posted to Instagram on September 8, 2017, with a message responding to Hurricane Irma.

Within only five days, his post had almost 30,000 likes.

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Kenny shared this note with a few photos, all of which show the destruction from the storm.

He wrote:

As daylight is hitting the islands, and we’re really getting a sense of how bad this all is…

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I don’t know what to say.

I’ve never been in war, but the devastation, the people’s faces in a place I know by heart have left me feeling helpless. It’s total devastation.

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These are people who live off the sea, who depend on it. They live right there, and it’s gone.

Most everyone’s displaced. They are frightened, confused, and they don’t know where help is going to come from.

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Those lives have changed and will never be the same. Those small islands are hard to get to and they rely on each other to get through what life hands them.

For all of them, though, they’ve been where I’ve leaned for emotional and creative support for fifteen years because they are so generous.

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I don’t know right now how we’re going to do this. But I want to help.

I want to enlist my friends to figure out the best ways to make a difference, to help in whatever ways, small or larger, that we can.

I’m blessed with so many great people… We’re already talking, trying to figure out how to get in there.

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And I know the No Shoes Nation is mighty. They’ve dug in before and made a difference.

I have a feeling once we have our plans in the place, they’ll be there again.

Give us a few days to figure this out. Pray/send good thoughts to everyone who’s been affected or is in the path or Hurricane Irma.

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This is unlike anything they’ve ever seen from St Maartens to St Barths to Puerto Rico then the Caribbean and onto Key West.

Be safe. Tell someone how much you care. Remember to Spread the Love.

More Soon,

Kenny

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