When the deadly shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, FL occurred, the tragedy struck a chord with father-of-four Justin Moore. The country crooner was so effected by the shooting that he–along with his family and crew–stepped up to donate $30,000 to the MSD Fund, a charity honoring the heroes, victims and survivors of gun violence in schools.
The donation came with Moore’s headlining set at the inaugural #MSDCountryStrong concert, which benefited the fund.
“I’m of the belief that when God allows you to have a platform like I have, you’re supposed to use it for good,” said Moore. “I’m a father of four. I send each and every one of them to school every day and drop them off. Usually it’s late,” he joked, “but I drop them off each and every day. My first prayer is that they’ll come home safe that afternoon. I can’t even fathom what these families up here — and maybe some of you guys — have had to deal with and the difficulty this has caused. So sorry for that. I’m not going to pretend to know what that feels like. Just know that from me and my camp that we’ll be praying for guys for your continued healing, and we hope and pray that one day, at some point, you’ll see your loved ones again.”
Later, he thanked the servicemen and women, security guards, nurses, policemen, teachers and others by dedicating his song “If Heaven Wasn’t So Far Away” to them.
“I’ve got to be honest,” Moore shared. “I’ve done a lot of charity events over the years benefiting so many different things. I’ll tell you what. This one has really touched me… having the opportunity here tonight to meet wives and dads and moms, brothers, sisters and sons and daughters. It really is touching, especially me being a father, it effects me.”
To learn more about the MSD fund, visit browardedfoundation.org/stonemandouglasvictimsfund.