Country star asks fans to give to Red Cross

(AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)

(AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- County Music singer Trace Adkins has been receiving an outpouring of support since fire destroyed his suburban Nashville home, but he is asking fans and friends to think of tornado victims instead.

On Tuesday Adkins asked well-wishers to turn their generosity toward victims of the recent floods and tornadoes that have devastated much of the South.

He is asking that donations offered to him instead be extended to the American Red Cross via CMT One Country.

Adkins was headed to Alaska to perform when his Brentwood, Tenn., home caught fire Saturday. His children and their nanny escaped safely from the blaze.

"I have been blessed," Adkins said in a statement. "My kids are OK, my wife is OK. I have my guitar and my songs. Everything else can be replaced."

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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