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Thread: Carrie Underwood didn’t stop at putting Checotah on the map

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    Carrie Underwood didn’t stop at putting Checotah on the map

    Carrie Underwood didn?t stop at putting Checotah on the map


    CHECOTAH, Okla. —Checotah has a population of 3,225 and is the hometown of Carrie Underwood.
    Some would say the country music sensation put Checotah on the map, but she didn’t stop there.

    “Yeah. She’s changed a lot,” a Checotah man said. “She’s changed a lot in Checotah. Done real good.”
    So good that she’s transformed parts of the Checotah community. From a new playground to school uniforms, equipment and musical instruments -- even a new animal shelter.
    “Carrie has seen a jar that I put out for collection just to try to help me do things for animals, and she came to see me at the old shelter,” Happy Paws director Kate Paris said. “And she started helping me and she said, ‘Y’all have just got to have a better place.’”
    Underwood has also donated generators to the fire department and $50,000 for the town’s first splash pad. The mayor said her latest project is a Boys and Girls Club.
    “I don’t think that people really realize what all that she has done,” Mayor Daniel Tarkington said. “So much, because she doesn’t go around bragging on herself. She just goes about and does things.”
    But in Checotah, just about everyone knows, and you don’t have to go far to see the impact she’s made.
    “Carrie, we’re glad you haven’t forgotten us,” a Checotah woman said.
    “Since I’ve been mayor, I would say she’s probably half a million that she has donated throughout the community,” Tarkington said.
    It’s not just about money. It’s about time, too -- such as that time just a few months ago at a local pizza place.
    “It was just amazing to see somebody like her back here, hometown, shaking hands, smiling,” Tarkington said. “So we love seeing her back in Checotah every chance she gets.”
    Underwood created the Checotah Animal, Town and School Foundation.
    “My hometown is extremely supportive of me, and I fell blessed to be able to create something as a way of giving back, to say thank you,” Underwood said.

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    Such a wonderful article. She does so much more behind the scenes than we could ever know.
    "Thank you for that ‘Captain Obvious’ sense of humor because you know what, we not only hit the high notes, you forgot to mention we generally hit the ‘right’ notes as well."
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    Thanks so much Danielle!

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    A lovely article that clearly shows how much Carrie gifts behind the scenes that most are unaware of

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    It's great to see that she never forgot where she came from. Carrie is so loving and humble, it inspires me.
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    I love that Carrie has never forgotten her Okie roots. She is a great person as well as artist. ❤️
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    A genuine heart and perfect example to others. Like the part “I don’t think that people really realize what all that she has done,” Mayor Daniel Tarkington said. “So much, because she doesn’t go around bragging on herself. She just goes about and does things.”


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