Queen City Hope will host its second annual benefit concert in October.
This year’s proceeds will go to Bright Blessings, a Matthews-based, nonprofit organization that helps people who are homeless. The organization’s website says its goal “is to bring joy, recognition and support to homeless children and families during difficult and sad times in their lives.”
The concert will be 6 p.m. Oct. 12 in uptown Charlotte at the corner of Trade and Tryon Streets.
Local Christian musicians including, Dae-Lee, Travis Greene, and KJ Scriven will perform. There is no admission charge.
Everyone also is encouraged to participate in service projects to help Bright Blessings.
“It’s an annual event,” said David Arrington, founder of Queen City Hope. “Once more people are aware of it, they’re more willing to help out and give.”
There will be three project stations where people can volunteer. Everyone volunteering should check in with the person managing the station.
Bright Blessings often sets up birthday parties at schools and shelters for children who are homeless through its Bless-a-Birthday program.
The volunteer stations include filling birthday snack hats, decorating wrapping paper and filling goody bags for birthday parties at homeless shelters. Local organizations are asked to donate materials such as party hats, snacks, craft paper, markers and small favors.
“We’re encouraging people to go to our website to sign up just so we can keep a count of everyone who wishes to volunteer,” Arrington said. The website is: www.queencityhope.org/volunteer.
People who do not sign up via the website may still participate.
“Last year, CharlotteOne helped us get the word to the community and Jehovah Jireh worked with a lot of the artists that will be performing,” he said. “We have people and a database for people who are coming but we need actual donations.”
CharlotteONE is an effort between 48 churches in the Charlotte area to target adults, ages 20-30, to connect them to a local faith community. Jehovah Jireh is a production company that has produced music for gospel rappers and singers, and for television shows.
Arrington said there is a donation section on queencityhope.org where you can make a monetary donation.
“They can also send gifts and anything else to help out,” he said.
People who attend the benefit concert are encouraged to bring a birthday gift. Gift ideas include multi-ethnic dolls, Hot Wheels cars, board games and bath or beauty products.
“We’re always looking for ways to benefit the community,” Arrington said. “It’s all about the city of Charlotte and bringing awareness.”
Shamira McCray is a Charlotte Observer intern and a student at Winthrop University. Have a story idea for Shamira? Email her at email@example.com.
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