In her song “Change,” Carrie Underwood sings, “The smallest thing can make all the difference.” These powerful lyrics demonstrate how small and simple actions can make a great impact on the world, something that Underwood has strived to do throughout her career.
On February 19 at the opening ceremony of Country Radio Seminar (CRS), Underwood was honored for her generosity with the Country Radio Broadcasters Artist Humanitarian Award.
Since her American Idol win in 2005, Underwood has given back to those in need in a variety of ways. She established the CATS (Checotah Animal, Town, and School) Foundation in her hometown of Checotah, OK to give back to local animal shelters, schools, and the town. She also donated $1 from every ticket sold on her Blown Away Tour to the American Red Cross – a donation that totaled over $1 million. Most recently, Underwood spent a number of days in January volunteering at a local animal shelter, combining her passion for animals with her love of giving back.
“Those kinds of things, I feel like, make the biggest difference,” Underwood told The Tennessean. “It’s easy to give money to stuff, and I feel like there’s a lot of stuff that my husband (hockey star Mike Fisher) and I get to be a part of where we’re like, ‘Please don’t put it out there.’ You want to do things to help people, but not for stuff.”
She credits her upbringing for her charitable nature explaining, “I have been blessed with so many amazing things in my life and I’ve always been taught that to receive much you must give much.” Underwood says that through her actions, she strives to make her parents, the Lord, and herself proud.
At the ceremony on Wednesday, Underwood was both grateful and humbled to receive the honor and graciously shared it with the entire country music industry saying, “It takes so many people to make any good things happen. When you work in a group, it’s just amazing…together we do amazing things.”
Carrie Underwood’s generous actions and humble nature provide a wonderful example how little things can make a big difference. We love it when country music gives back!
Photo courtesy of Carrie Underwood’s Official Website