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Country music sensation and former American Idol winner Carrie Underwood has established a new fund to benefit her hometown of Checotah, Oklahoma.

C.A.T.S. – the Checotah Animal, Town and School Foundation – will help with general causes, needs and services in the Checotah area.

“My hometown is extremely supportive of me, and I feel blessed to be able to create something as a way of giving back; to say thank you,” said Underwood.

Last weekend, the singer joined several fellow country stars to perform for soldiers and their families at the “Salute to the Troops” concert at Fort Campbell. Earlier this summer, she joined Teachers Count’s “Behind Every Famous Person Is a Fabulous Teacher” campaign and also decorated a guitar for an auction benefiting the Grand Ole Opry’s Opry Trust Fund.

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