It's been 10 days since horrific floods tore through southeastern Louisiana leaving tens of thousands of residents in devastation and killing at least 13 people. To say there is much recovery work is an understatement, but thankfully many are stepping forward to help those in need. For example, Britney Spears is raising money for Louisiana by supporting The American Red Cross through a CrowdRise campaign. The singer announced her fundraiser on Monday and hopes fans will contribute to help the victims in her home state. If aiding those in need isn't incentive enough to donate, then maybe the fact that Spears is giving away two worthy MTV Video Music Awards prizes will be.
For those unaware, the 34-year-old pop star will perform at the 2016 MTV VMAs for the first time in nearly 10 years. So, she is using that to her advantage to get her fans to benefit the victims of Louisiana's flooding. First, there is the prize of two roundtrip airfare tickets to go to New York City to attend the awards show at Madison Square Garden and actually meet Spears before she takes the stage. To be at the VMAs to watch her perform, get to chat with her, and know it's all for a good cause? Yeah, everyone better enter.
The second prize is the gift of an outfit she will wear during her 2016 VMAs performance and an autographed album. As her biggest fans know, she usually wears some of the most memorable outfits during her shows, but especially when she's at the VMAs. Who wouldn't want to own one? Every $10 donated counts as one entry to win one of the two prizes.
As her fundraising page states, "So far Red Cross disaster teams have opened dozens of shelters, provided thousands of overnight stays and distributed thousands of meals, snacks, water bottles and comfort items." Those working with the Red Cross are also meeting one-on-one with anyone in need of resources and to plan their road to recovery.
"Thousands of people in Louisiana have lost everything they own and need our help now," Brad Kieserman, the Red Cross' vice president of disaster services operations and logistics, told CNN on Aug. 19. "This disaster is the worst to hit the United States since Superstorm Sandy, and we anticipate it will cost at least $30 million — a number which may grow as we learn more about the scope and magnitude of the devastation."
It's unclear how much money has been raised by Spears so far, but I'm sure she would love to be able to send a worthy amount to those in Louisiana. You have nine days left to enter, so if you want the chance to win some pretty spectacular Britney-related prizes and to aid in the recovery of those in Louisiana who so deeply need it, be sure to visit Spears' CrowdRise page immediately.