At this point I’m running out of good things to report Chris Stapleton.
He’s been on the ground in his home state of Kentucky for a few days now, pitching in to help wherever he can to help local law enforcement, and even Stop at the local Walmart to buy supplies for the flood victims.
Late last week and early this week, rain battered eastern Kentucky, causing catastrophic flooding that killed more than 30 people and hundreds more who were not found. The damage was completely devastating.
He truly is a class in every sense of the word, stepping in to help the people of his home state when they need it most:
And during that trip to Walmart, Chris met a cute little girl named Etta and absolutely made her day.
Etta’s mom, Courtney Crider, shared a post on TikTok about the meeting, telling WKYT that Etta has autism and there are times when the only thing that will calm her down is when she’s overwrought listening to Chris’ music.
She took Etta to meet Chris when she realized he was at the Prestonsburg Walmart while she was there buying diapers, and at first little Etta was just smitten with his beard:
“At first Etta was all about his beard and his face because she’s a sense seeker.
But after I told her it was him, it was like it clicked again and she became a superstar. She was dizzy and laughing.”
Of course, Courtney was melted from the interaction and says it meant the world to her and her daughter to meet one of their favorite artists who is so special to them:
“It was so special.
Etta has a handful of things she really loves: her family and Chris Stapleton are both on the list.”
Damn, I need a tissue now…
You can check out the TikTok Courtney shared about the meeting and it really is the cutest thing I’ve seen in a long time.
I almost lost my composure when I saw the photo of Etta touching his beard:
“Our daughter with multiple special needs loves Chris Stapleton (his voice soothes her).
Today he was at our local Walmart helping the East KY flood victims. God put them together for a sweet visit.
Thank you Chris for helping our community and for meeting sweet Etta.”
What a lucky day #foryoupage #chrissapleton #easternkentucky #606 #flood #disabilityawareness
♬ Joy in my life – Chris Stapleton
She added in an interview with Mountain Top News that one of the first things Etta did when she saw him was give him a kiss.
Courtney added that Chris wasn’t upset one bit and that he was super sweet about it, saying to Etta, “Yeah baby that’s my beard!”
I can’t get over this story and it’s great to know that while Chris makes absolutely incredible music, he’s an even better person… what a testament to the power of good music and good people.
Some of Etta’s favorite Chris Stapleton songs are “Fire Away”, “Parachute”, “Traveller” and “Starting Over”, so it’s safe to say that she has great taste in country music.
Here’s a little more about the story, and it’s a really, really great one of all the tragedies that’s worth watching:
And Chris doesn’t just show up to help his fellow Kentucky fellows in person, his charity Lawless state of the art has also pledged to donate funds to the Kentucky Red Cross and the Appalachia Crisis Fund.
https://www.whiskeyriff.com/2022/08/04/chris-stapleton-meets-6-year-old-girl-fan-with-special-needs-in-kentucky-walmart-her-mom-says-it-was-so-so-special/ Chris Stapleton Meets 6-Year-Old Fan With Special Needs In Kentucky Walmart, Her Mom Says “It Was So, So Special”