Couple different stories – one away, one local.
Praise bands got together for a food fundraiser recently in the Mississippi Valley.
“It’s important, helping all of the people who are not as fortunate as we are,” Jacob Canty, 15, of Davenport said..
Proceeds will assist New Hope’s food pantry, part of Churches United of the Quad-City Area’s food ministries, and other hunger-relief efforts. The first event occurred in 2008, and the money raised then went to flood relief.
Coordinator Tony Kingsley of Davenport hopes to make the battle an annual event.
“It’s not really a battle. It’s a way to get all the praise bands together,” he said.
In years past, the food pantry would attract larger crowds on the last two Thursdays of the month – when people’s food stamps had ran out. However, with the quivering economy, pantry volunteers are busy keeping up with demand every Thursday.
“New Hope is just a small church, and the food pantry serves lots of big families. We serve all walks of life for the food pantry,” Evangelica vocalist Linda Canty of New Hope Church said.
This is a fine thing they do, even if religion has to be part and parcel in the food delivery. At least they’re putting something together that benefits their community’s physical health as much as the spiritual.
Yorkton, Saskatchewan, had a major flood occur on Canada Day (which I forgot about when I tried to request a CD from there..their library was hit hard and what little they could salvage worth loaning out is only available locally at the mall until further notice). They held a few fundraisers of their own, concerts included.
More than 700 tickets were sold for the night. On Monday, the preliminary total showed more than $30,000 raised, with liquor and silent auction sales still being counted.
“It was a total community effort,” Kohlert said. “Everybody was more than anxious to work for the cause.”
A second flood relief concert was held two nights later by “The Rock” 100.5 FM. All performers at this concert were from the Yorkton area.
“We’re a radio station, so we love promoting local Christian artists,” said the station’s general manager, Dennis Dyck.
Two artists, Rayanne Ottenbreit and the band Wired by Fire, participated in both of the weekend’s shows.
Originally planned as an outdoor concert, rain forced the event inside to Heritage Baptist Church, but turnout was still strong. Over 200 people were in attendance.
All money at this event was collected through a free will offering. Proceeds for the evening totaled about $1200, to be split between the Salvation Army and the Red Cross.
“We’re very pleased,” said Dyck.
The Red Cross is at least a secular organization so yay for that. I wonder why Mr. Dyck had to be so specific about the kinds of artists they promote. If I’m ever in Yorkton, I think that’s going to be the last station I’ll tune into if that’s all they play. But anyway, congrats to the people in Yorkton and area that could put some money towards helping out. You done good, gang.