The crowd at the Party for a Cause at the ACM Experience at the Orleans Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas got to witness a couple of very special moments on Saturday night. First, Dierks Bentley brought Sheryl Crow up on stage as a surprise guest, and she sang a duet with him, along with her hit song, "If It Makes You Happy."
Pretty cool, right?
Yeah, it was, until Tim McGraw showed up and totally outdid her.
Tim attended the show for one reason in particular -- to donate a home to a solider and his family through Operation Homefront.
Army Sgt. Mathew Pickard had just returned from Afghanistan, and Tim told him he'd be receiving a house. And if that wasn't generous enough, he also presented him with a check for $10,000 from the Academy of Country Music's charity, Lifting Lives, to help him and his family get their lives started in their new home.
Sgt. Pickard then took the microphone and said thank you, but admitted he really didn't know what to say. (Can you blame him? Who wouldn't be speechless after a moment like that?)
Wow. Receiving the gift of a house from a major country music star definitely isn't something that happens every day, so you can only imagine how amazed he must have felt. And the moment had to be so thrilling for the members of the crowd too. I know I would've been jumping up and down and cheering, and probably would have teared up a bit.
I can't think of any more deserving recipient of a home than someone who fights for our freedom and keeps us safe and sound every single day. It's so wonderful that there are organizations who dedicate their efforts to helping out members of our military, and it's even more heartwarming when big stars like Tim McGraw take the time to get involved.
We can't ever thank these brave men and women enough for all they do for our country, but I guess giving them a place to call home on our own soil is a pretty good start.
What do you do to thank the members of our military?
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