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ARLINGTON, Texas -- Texas native Selena Gomez is used to performing on a big stage, but nothing is a special as her the show that s bringing her back home this Thanksgiving.

I am beyond myself, she said Sunday. I am so excited!

Following in the footsteps of Kenny Chesney, Enrique Iglesias, Destiny s Child, and Kelly Clarkson, the actress and multi-platinum recording artist will kick off the Salvation Army s Red Kettle Campaign on Thanksgiving Day with a live halftime performance at AT&T Stadium.

Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones said the team is happy to host the 21-year-old pop star.

We re excited because there should be 60-to-70 million people that see her, and know that she s helping the Salvation Army, he said. That s a lot of pressure.

I know, Gomez said, don t remind me!

Last year, the Red Kettle Campaign collected $148 million in donations to help provide meals and shelter for families in need. Cowboys Chief Brand Officer Charlotte Jones Anderson believes Gomez s enthusiastic fan base will help spark a powerful start to Red Kettle 2013.

This is really exciting, you know, with Selena being here and being a native from Texas, it's gonna be a great day, Anderson said.

Eight lucky fans who contribute online to Gomez s Red Kettle team will win a Google hangout with the star. You can contribute at this link.

I refuse to let them down, Gomez said. We have a lot of surprises.

The Cowboys will face the Oakland Raiders on Thanksgiving at 3:30 p.m.

E-mail sgables@wfaa.com

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