Country star Martina McBride has pledged to donate $50,000 to the American Red Cross. The money will come from "a portion of the sales" from her new RCA Nashville collection, "Greatest Hits" in order

Country star Martina McBride has pledged to donate $50,000 to the American Red Cross. The money will come from "a portion of the sales" from her new RCA Nashville collection, "Greatest Hits" in order to help the victims of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.

"I have always felt it is important to use my God-given gift to do some good," McBride says in a statement posted on her official Web site.

Released last week, "Greatest Hits" features 13 past singles, such as "Valentine" and "I Love You," one favorite album track, and four new songs, including current single "When God Fearin' Women Get the Blues." The single peaked at No. 11 on Billboard's Hot Country Singles & Tracks chart; it is No. 15 this week.

In other news, McBride next month will star in her first pay-per-view special. Her Oct. 13 show will be broadcast live from the Orpheum Theater in Minneapolis, and be made available through U.S. cable and satellite providers. "At least one very special guest star" will join McBride during the show, according to her site. Prior to that show, McBride will perform at a handful of live events, including the 2001 version of Farm Aid on Saturday (Sept. 29) outside Indianapolis.

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