'We Are #NashvilleStrong': How Celebs Are Helping Music City Following Devastating Tornadoes

These stars are sending their support and donations to those affected by tornadoes that tore through central Tennessee and killed at least 24 people earlier this week

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Taylor Swift

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The singer donated $1 million to the Middle Tennessee Emergency Response Fund, her rep confirmed to PEOPLE.

"Nashville is my home and the fact that so many people have lost their homes and so much more in Middle Tennessee is devastating to me," Swift shared on her Instagram Story on March 5, 2020.

The Grammy-winning artist spent her early years in Pennsylvania before moving to Nashville with her family at age 14 to pursue music.

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Dan Smyers and Shay Mooney of Dan + Shay

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The country duo donated $100,000 to the Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee, PEOPLE confirmed.

Smyers tweeted about the destruction he has seen in his home state of seven years and his promise to support those who've "lost everything."

"We drove to our first home, and could barely keep it together, as we pulled up and saw the damage," he wrote. "As bad as the damage was, it paled in comparison to our neighbors, who had lost everything. people, of all kinds, selflessly gathered in each yard, banding together with complete strangers, to help."

He ended his tweet, writing, "East Nashville, we will always love you, and promise to always have your back."

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Kacey Musgraves

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The singer announced on Instagram that she was having "a major closet sale" to benefit her home state. Musgraves initially said proceeds would be donated to urban forest preservation, but later explained on her Instagram Story that, in lieu of the natural disaster, money raised from the sale will now be donated to tornado relief efforts.

"I'm having a MAJOR CLOSET SALE TONIGHT @stagetocloset 💜 Sooo many of my everyday clothes, shoes, accessories, and performance looks you've seen (like this vintage 2 piece set I'm wearing here) are up for grabs and proceeds will help benefit Tennessee urban forest preservation," Musgraves wrote alongside a series of Instagram selfies.

"Head to @stagetocloset for all the deets! THANKS!" the Golden Hour artist added.

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Miley Cyrus

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"Thinking about my home and family in Nashville and how fortunate I am that my place and loved ones have remained safe in these deadly tornados," Cyrus tweeted. "My heart is broken for my home state. So much loss and damage. We are #NashvilleStrong and will rebuild together!"

She then directed her followers to follow her Happy Hippie Foundation Twitter account to receive more updates on how people can contribute to the cause including, where to volunteer and where to donate money and items.

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The Country Music Community

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A number of country stars gathered on Thursday, March 5, 2020, to raise relief funds during a Rebuilding Nashville Telethon, organized by CMT in partnership with the American Red Cross and WSMV News4.

Artists like Blanco Brown, Cassadee Pope, Lady Antebellum's Charles Kelley and Dave Haywood, Gavin DeGraw, Kid Rock and Nashville's Sam Palladio helped raise more than $387,000 during the broadcast for the American Red Cross Southern Tornado and Flood Relief Program.

Donations continue to be accepted online.

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Reba McEntire

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"My heart, thoughts and prayers go out to everyone in the Nashville area affected by the tornado last night," McEntire wrote on Instagram, alongside a photo of a building completely torn apart by the tornadoes. "Even if the tornado didn't hit our personal space, we are all affected because we are Nashvillians. My heart hurts for Nashville this morning. #sendingprayers"

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Faith Hill

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"We are heartbroken and our prayers are with those who were affected by the tornado last night," Hill tweeted, along with a photo that lists additional ways to donate your time, money and goods to relief efforts. "Nashville is a great community of people that always rise to the occasion and lend a helping hand to their neighbors - and this time is no different."

"We are #NashvilleStrong," she added, before asking followers to visit hon.org and cfmt.org if they'd like to help out.

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Reese Witherspoon

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Feeling overwhelming by the tornadoes and the growing threat of the Coronavirus, Witherspoon took to Instagram to air out her feelings.

"This morning, a friend said to me, 'I can see you are overwhelmed. Just take a moment' and I started to cry," she began. "I just felt so heavy-hearted. There is so much happening... a devastating storm in my hometown of #Nashville, people suffering from mysterious illness, people arguing over political ideology. So much hate and tension and discord."

"Days, weeks, months like this make me want to crawl in a hole," she continued. "But my friend offered me a moment. To just feel sad. So I wanted to offer it to you all."

"We are in this together," she added. "Let's take care of each other. And remind each other of all the GOOD. ✨"

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Dolly Parton

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"Praying for all those affected by the devastating storms in Tennessee and my heart is especially with the families who lost loved ones ❤️ We are all with you," the icon wrote on Instagram, along with a video clip of herself, sharing similar sentiments.

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Carrie Underwood

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The star spoke out about the devastating tornadoes on the Today show, sharing that she and her family - husband Mike Fisher, and sons Jacob, 13 months, and Isaiah, 5 - were all safe and sound.

"I'm like texting people I know, and I'm asking my husband if everybody's good," Underwood said. "He said he had to go upstairs at like 2 a.m. and grab the boys and take them down to a little safe room in our house."

The singer continued: "I was like, 'I bet everybody is crying.' It's 2 a.m., freaking out, so it was scary."

She also tweeted her support, writing, "Sending my love to Nashville! I am praying for all of those affected by the terrible storm."

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Chris Stapleton

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"My wife & I are deeply saddened by last nights tragic events in Tennessee," the singer tweeted. "Our thoughts & prayers are with our community. We can all help by donating directly to the [Middle Tennessee Emergency Response Fund]. Please give what you can. If it's 10 cents or 10 dollars every bit helps."

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Sheryl Crow

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Crow posted a video on Twitter to encourage her followers to help out in any way they can.

"#Nashville! We are going ahead with my clothing sale this weekend, and will be donating a portion of the proceeds to @CFMT," she tweeted. "ALSO, we are collecting donations for @gideonsarmyutd as they clean up North Nashville."

She also included, in a follow-up tweet, a list of donation suggestions (paper towels, toilet paper, garbage bags, cleaning gloves and more) in addition to a location, dates and times to arrive and help out.

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Justin Timberlake

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"Devastated for this city so many of my friends and family call home. Hurts to watch it get hit like this. But Tennesseans are some of the strongest people out there, and I know we'll stick together and rebuild," Timberlake shared on Instagram. "Please join me in supporting and donating to this incredible community while it recovers. Swipe to check out some local organizations you can get involved with... everything helps. #NASHVILLESTRONG 💪🏼"

The three organizations the star listed includes @VisitMusicCity Foundation, redcross.org and Hands On Nashville on hon.org.

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Jessie James Decker

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"Please keep our town in your prayers," the singer and mom of three wrote on Instagram. "We are all in shock this morning and heartbroken for everyone who has suffered from this. This community is strong and I know we will all come together to help those in need!"

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Dierks Bentley

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The singer and his bandmates and crew helped drummer Steve Misamore clear debris from in front of his completely leveled home earlier in the week. Misamore was out of town when the tornadoes hit; all that remained of his house were the walls.

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