Monday, December 26, 2011

Scotty McCreery ends year with International Charity Trip

I hope everybody had a Very Very Merry Christmas! I think I gained 10lbs, but it was wonderful!

GARNER -- After a year that saw him go from the halls of Garner High School to Hollywood TV studios to arena stages across the nation, Scotty McCreery will close 2011 by visiting with hundreds of children who are much less fortunate.

Scotty, the 18-year-old "American Idol" winner, is traveling to the Dominican Republic on Tuesday with a group of family members and friends. They will be delivering shoeboxes filled with gifts to poverty-stricken children.

The trip is part of "Operation Christmas Child," the international charity program organized by Franklin Graham's Samaritan's Purse organization.

Scotty has helped put together shoeboxes for the program for years.
Thanks to his newfound celebrity this year, Scotty will have the opportunity to see up-close what the shoeboxes can mean to recipients. Operation Christmas Child hopes to deliver shoeboxes to more than 8.5 million children worldwide this Christmas.

The Dominican Republic holds special appeal for Scotty, said his mother, Judy McCreery. "Baseball's big in the Dominican Republic, so it's going to be great for Scotty," she said. Besides music, Scotty's other passion is baseball, and he hopes to earn a spot on Garner High's team this spring.
The trip will continue through Saturday.

Since winning the top-ranked TV singing competition in May, Scotty's life has been a bit of a whirlwind. He's performed on numerous talk shows, headlined last summer's "American Idols Live!" tour, earned gold records, saw his first album soar to the top of the charts and been named the top new artist at the American Country Awards.

In a few weeks, he'll be heading out on another tour, where he'll open shows for fellow country singer Brad Paisley.

But throughout his success, Scotty has tried to live his life as normally as possible when he's back home in Garner. That came as a surprise to some TV and music executives.

"They said it's impossible - there's no way you can go back to school," Scotty, a senior, remembered. "I said, 'Look, y'all don't know my hometown.'"

Scotty aims to get back to his hometown on Saturday night to see his exiting year come to a close. So how will the "American Idol" celebrate New Year's Eve? His plans aren't firmed up, but he expects something low-key with friends.

"I'm sure there will be something," he said with a grin.

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  1. I'm still "recharging" after all the holiday preps. Hahahaha. Looking forward to a lazy lunch with friends on Wed. Hope everyone had a peaceful, lovely Christmas with family, friends and loved ones. I think I, too, ate too much!

    This is such a nice write-up. I'm so proud of Scotty and really applaud his family and friends for all the support they give him and how they really keep him grounded and see/treat him the same as always in spite of his new found fame and success. This is so important. And his fan support is also awesome. I am really looking forward to seeing him do even better in 2012, including making it on his high school baseball team! :) Scotty is the real deal in everything he does, nothing phony about him at all.

  2. Some how we need to let the hold world know about Scotty McCreery what a role model. I have been to Dominican Republic and Scotty is going to be so surprise to see the way others are living.

  3. I Thank The LORD for the "GIFT OF SCOTTY"


  4. We all are so proud of Scotty!


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