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Carrie Underwood appears in a photo from her official website that shows her performing on her 2012-2013 Blown Away Tour. - Provided courtesy of carrieunderwood.com / Matthew Sperling

Carrie Underwood donates $1 million to Oklahoma relief efforts

05/26/2013 by Nichole Hamilton

Carrie Underwood is giving back to her home state of Oklahoma.

The "Before He Cheats" singer, who hails from the Sooner State, has donated $1 million to the Red Cross for disaster relief following the recent tornado.

"I have watched the devastation in my home state of Oklahoma over the past several days with great sadness," Underwood, 30, said in a statement on her website.

"With the help of my fans who attended my concerts over the past year, we can offer the Red Cross a little extra help in comforting those affected by the recent tornadoes."

On May 20, the "American Idol" alum's home state experienced a devastating tornado. The powerful twister ripped through Moore, Okla., a suburb of Oklahoma City, killing 24 people and debilitating hundreds.

The six-time Grammy award-winner's contribution is set to help people affected by disasters like tornadoes, floods and other crises across the country -- including Oklahoma.

"The impact of the tornados in Oklahoma and the Midwest was devastating and the road to recovery will be long for many families," said Neal Litvack, chief development officer for the Red Cross. "Through the generosity of Carrie, the American Red Cross can quickly respond with shelter, food and comfort now, and with lasting help as they move toward recovery."

Underwood, who recently wrapped her headlining her North America tour, "Blown Away," isn't the only celebrity stepping forward to help.

"The Voice" judge and country superstar Blake Shelton has organized a concert event, "Healing in the Heartland: Relief Benefit Concert," which will feature performances by Shelton, his wife Miranda Lambert, Reba McEntire and Vince Gill.

The event will be hosted for the victims affected by the tornadoes in Oklahoma, and has a date set for May 29.

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