Scotty McCreery and wife Gabi Dugal McCreery are asking fans to donate to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital rather than send him gifts to celebrate the birth of their son, Merrick Avery McCreery.
The North Carolina native took to Twitter Wednesday (Nov. 2) to express gratitude to their fans for their support since the birth and care of their son, a week ago.
“Gabi and I are so grateful for all the gifts that we have received for Avery,” McCreery wrote on Facebook. “Presents have arrived at our home and our family members’ homes on a daily basis, and the Fan Club continues to ship everything to us that they receive as well. Y’all know how to make a family feel loved. You have been so generous to us and we thank you from the bottom of our hearts.”
McCreery and Gabi are grateful for the gifts from their followers and fans for their first child. However, McCreery and Gabi admit that they have everything that they need and would appreciate if people could donate to a cause close to their hearts.
“We can honestly say we have everything we need and more at this point,” McCreery continued. “We ask that if you are still inclined to send a gift for Avery, that you consider making a donation to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. It would thrill us to know that Avery’s birth helped other kids receive the care they need. You can find the St Jude link below. If you want to make the donation in Avery’s honor, there is a section that allows you to do that. St Jude can send an email about your donation to my Fan Club. [email protected] if you want to make us aware.”
“Thank y’all again for your overwhelming generosity, as well as all the love you send our way,” the “Damn Strait” singer added. “Please know that we are thankful for all of you and we send our love back to you.”
This kind gesture comes only weeks after McCreery received the Randy Owen Angels Among Us Award at the annual Country Cares Seminar. The Randy Owen Angels Among Us award is an honor that is presented to a country artist each year for their outstanding commitment and service to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital’s mission: Finding cures. Saving children.
“I am proud to support St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital,” McCreery shared of receiving the honor. “The work they do is amazing and they never charge their patients — plus they share their research with hospitals around the world! St Jude is a worthy charity that you should support if you’re looking for an organization you can trust. Receiving the Randy Owen Angel Among Us Award from Randy Owen himself is an honor I will never forget.”
McCreery and Gabi welcomed their first baby, Merrick Avery McCreery on Monday, October 24, 2008.
The couple shared the news of Merrick Avery’s birth with fans via a joint Instagram post on Tuesday (Oct. 25).
Baby McCrreery arrived eleven days earlier than expected, Monday, October 24, at 4:00 AM. She weighed 7 lbs 13oz at birth.
“Never known a love like this,” McCreery captioned his post. “Merrick Avery McCreery joined us 11 days early on October 24th at 4:34am! 7 lbs 13 oz of nothin but love!”
McCreery concluded his post by saying, “Thank y’all for all of your prayers during this exciting season of life! Happy baby, happy mama! Praise God.”
The announcement post featured five photos that included baby Merrick, McCreery, his wife and their newborn bundle of joy.
“Next to his mother, he is the most beautiful thing I’ve ever seen,” McCreery excitedly shared. “We have been waiting and preparing all year, and now we are so excited to have our little man here with us. We have begun a grand new adventure that will continue for the rest of our lives.”
“Gabi was a total rock star during Avery’s birth. I could not be more proud of her,” the new father added. “She has already taken to motherhood like a champ. Part of my joy as his Dad is watching Gabi already crush it as his Mom.”
McCreery’s wife Gabi revealed that they were expecting their first child in June 2021.
The “Damn Strait” singer revealed the news exclusively with PEOPLE Tuesday, June 21 was the day they announced their new addition, which will arrive in November.
He also revealed their baby’s gender with the outlet. “We got a little man on the way,” the North Carolina native said with a smile.
“I was the only boy on both sides of my family, the last McCreery boy out there,” McCreery told the outlet. “Gabi’s from two sisters in her family, so I just figured it would be a girl. But we got a surprise of a boy.”
McCreery, who is currently on “paternity leave,” will return to the road on November 30, where he will play a show in Las Vegas, NV at the Downtown Hoedown on Fremont Street.
Scotty McCreery will be releasing a deluxe edition of his album 2021 on November 18. Same TruckYou can also get a vinyl copy. Six new tracks are included in the expanded edition. The project will be available on Vinyl, CD, and Digital formats and will feature six additional new songs that weren’t on the original Same Truck album that came out last year. Two of the new bonus tracks from the album, “Nothin’ Right” and “Small Town Story,” are available for streaming now.
“I’ve been sitting on these extra songs that we recorded since we started the Same Truck project and I’ve always wanted to hear this album on vinyl,” he wrote on Twitter.
His latest single “It Matters To Her,” which he wrote with Rhett Akins and Lee Thomas Miller, recently charted in the Top 50 on both the Mediabase and Billboard Country Airplay Charts. “It Matters To Her” follows McCreery’s three-week No.1 hit “Damn Strait,” which was his fifth consecutive No. 1 single.