Drake White sure does get around.
The energetic singer, currently on tour with the Zac Brown Band, visited five cities across the country in 17 hours, logging over 3,000 miles and spending over nine hours on an airplane.
Here’s a rundown of his whirlwind day:
1. Friends of Firefighters – New York City
On the first stop of White’s cross-country “Flight to Light the Spark” campaign, he teamed up with the Friends of Firefighters and Squad 288/Hazmat 1 in Queens, New York. White started the day by bringing breakfast to the firehouse and meeting with firefighters. He tried on a hazmat suit and learned just how important those brave men and women that serve the community are. He wrapped up the visit with an acoustic two-song performance for the entire firehouse.
“This was the first stop on my 17-hour day and I was pumped to get started,” White tells PEOPLE. “It was such an honor to meet these brave firefighters and learn a little bit about their jobs and how they protect us every day.”
2. North Texas Food Bank (in partnership with Ford Community Fund) – Dallas, Texas
The second stop had White partnering with the Ford Community Fund and at the North Texas Food Bank, where he sorted food, stocked shelves and loaded carts for customers.
“Hunger is such a crucial issue all over the country,” says White. “Food is something a lot of us take for granted and being able to provide people in need with such a basic life necessity was really important to me.”
3. The Boys & Girls Club of South Central Kansas – Wichita, Kansas
For the third stop of the day, White stopped at The Boys and Girls Club to chat with the young members about reaching their full potential as productive, caring, responsible citizens. Drake played three songs and performed some science experiments with the kids that involved dry ice and balloons.
“They provide a safe place to learn and grow,” says White. “It’s always been important to me to empower and inspire kids. To get involved with anything they are passionate about and follow their own dreams and work hard to achieve their goals. It’s what led me to music.”
4. Musicians on Call at the Denver VA Medical Center – Denver, Colorado
On the fourth stop, White partnered with Musicians on Call and stopped by the Denver VA Medical Center, where he visited patient rooms and played a few songs for the patients.
“Music is such a huge part of my life and has gotten me through some tough times,” he says. “To be able to meet these service people who have risked everything for our freedom is so special. I hope that music is able to help with their healing process like it also has for me.”
5. Western Surfing Association (in partnership with Salt Life) – Los Angeles
For the fifth and final stop in White’s whirlwind day, he partnered with Salt Life and the Western Surfing Association (WSA) for a Marine Conservation event. Kids gathered at Oceanside beach to surf and clean up the beach area and when White arrived he also helped pick up trash. He wrapped up the day with a performance of a few acoustic songs around the campfire.
“I couldn’t ask for a more perfect ending to this day. Spending time with kids on the beach and appreciating God’s creation just filled my heart,” White says. “I spend most of my free time outdoors and making sure we have respect for Mother Nature and keep her clean for future generations is something that I am super passionate about.”