Sugarland will sing an emotional version of its song "Stand Up" tonight (June 8) at the CMT Awards (airing at 8 p.m. ET), and the performance will have a special meaning for the Gilberts, a family from Joplin, Mo., whose home was devastated by a tornado last month.The article includes some information about the family's tornado experience:
During a rehearsal for the show on Tuesday, Tiffani and Lexi were reunited with their parents, Amy and Eric, for the first time since May 22, apart from a few hours they'd spent together viewing the wreckage of their home. Tiffani and Lexi Gilbert will will wave flags and sing along during the country duo's performance, during which producers will call upon viewers to make donations to the American Red Cross.
Since the last time they were together -- the day after the tornado, when the girls went to stay with family while their parents made sense of the wreckage that was their home -- the Gilberts have purchased a new home, where all four will be living together again by the end of June.
"It has been very hard to be away from Tiffani and Lexi, but Joplin is no place for children to be right now," a tearful Amy Gilbert said. "When we were driving to Nashville, Lexi just started crying and I asked her what was wrong, and she said she had just missed us so much. It is so good for us to be together, if just for a little while. But since we were able to buy a house so quickly, we know it won't be long until we'll all be back together again permanently."