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Big Kenny Alphin has love for everybody

It’s not uncommon in the world of country music for artists to spend just as much time giving back as they do making music. Whether performing for a charity event, donating to a worthy cause or simply getting the word out about an issue they’re passionate about, country music stars are as benevolent as they come. And Kenny Alphin, commonly known as “Big Kenny,” one half of the duo Big & Rich, is no exception.

Kenny Alphin of country duo Big & Rich started the Love Everybody Foundation that helps people all around the world. PHOTO COURTESY LOVE EVERYBODY FOUNDATION

Kenny Alphin of country duo Big & Rich started the Love Everybody Foundation that aims to spread positivity and help people all around the world. PHOTO COURTESY LOVE EVERYBODY FOUNDATION

While some may give their money to a cause, Alphin went one step further and created his own foundation based off of his personal motto, “love everybody.” Anyone who is a fan of Alphin’s knows of his energetic attitude and generous heart, all while embodying an unmatchable positive spirit, making the title a perfect fit. On the official website for the organization, the mission is described as one that aims to “highlight the good, inspire greatness, and encourage mutual responsibility for the betterment of humankind,” focusing on goals the singer holds near to his heart, ranging from assisting those affected by the devastating earthquake in Haiti in 2010 to providing food for starving children in Afria.

Perhaps one of Alphin’s most profound achievements is the creation of the girls school in Akon, Sudan called the Kunyuk School for Girls, which provides education for more than 500 girls for the first time, and has grown into a four-building establishment that includes a health clinic comprised of experienced doctors and healing medicine. Alphin and his wife Christiev even visited the school – and brought with them planes full of teachers, school supplies and many other necessities.

He also made a truly hands-on effort during the aftermath of Haiti’s earthquake by helping deliver bags of food and other essential items to the people affected by the natural disaster. He even brought his efforts back home with him to Nashville, hosting and performing in the “Help Haiti Live” benefit concert at the Ryman Auditorium alongside several other stars.

The inspiration to make an impact was almost a calling for the singer, with Alphin revealing that the two-word motto came to him in a vision and he knew it was a powerful message he needed to permeate into the world, displaying the “love everybody” tagline on everything from his guitar to his clothing and even jewelry.

Alphin helped build the Kunyuk School for Girls in Akon, Sudan back in 2009. PHOTO COURTESY LOVE EVERYBODY FOUNDATION

Alphin helped build the Kunyuk School for Girls in Akon, Sudan back in 2009. PHOTO COURTESY LOVE EVERYBODY FOUNDATION

Like any powerful mission, the work of the “Love Everybody” Foundation is not accomplished alone. The foundation works with a variety of other noble organizations, including My Sister’s Keeper in Boston, which works to help women around the world, the Nashville-based HOPE Healing Through Hands that strives to use “health as a currency for peace,’ in addition to Alphin’s dedicated work for our nation’s veterans in collaboration with Operation Finally Home and Armed Forces Entertainment.

This is just a taste of the humanitarian efforts generated by the Love Everybody Foundation and the passionate man behind it. If you’d like more information on the Love Everybody Foundation or would like to donate to the organization (all of the proceeds are given to those in need) visit the official website.