NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – On Thursday morning, country singer Trace Adkins surprised guests at the Country Inn and Suites on Donelson Pike.
He briefly worked behind the front desk, helping a customer check out and then performed Christmas carols like “White Christmas” and “The Christmas Song” in the hotel lobby.
Later in the morning, the Carlson Family Foundation, which is associated with Country Inn and Suites, donated $50,000 to one of Adkins’ favorite charities, The Wounded Warrior Project.
“I’ll go anywhere and shake anybody’s hand and sing a couple songs for them for a big check for Wound Warrior Project,” Adkins told News 2.
Wound Warrior Project spokesperson Teresa Nichols said, “This money will go towards putting more than 2,500 wounded warriors to work this year. It’s everything from providing them with tools and resources, as well as training, education, and the actual opportunity to get in front of employers.”
Adkins is a longtime supporter of military members and veterans.
“When people ask me why I do so much stuff with the USO and the Wound Warrior Project and veterans organizations, my answer is very simple. If you have an opportunity to spend time with, associate with, hang out with heroes, you should do that. You’re going to benefit from it,” Adkins said.
Adkins told News 2 he will spend a “quiet, peaceful” Christmas in Nashville with his family.