Soon the weather will cool and the snowflakes will be flying, bringing the delight and beauty of the holidays. Let’s share that joy with those in need. The need for our food pantries has increased dramatically, particularly in visits from our senior population. There are also many families working hard but unable to keep food on the table.
This year, the Geauga Hunger Task Force pantries will provide approx. 300,000 meals. With just 7 weeks remaining in the year, our local food pantries have already provided food to more families than in 2014. The Task Force is supported by generous food and monetary donations from the community. Due to federal cuts and far fewer donations, the local food banks have had to work harder to keep our neighbors fed.
For the past 26 years, talented volunteer musicians of the area have come together to raise funds for the Geauga Hunger Task Force. The members range from ages 15 to 92 and take their job seriously. Feeding the hungry more than today takes commitment.
The Good Tidings Benefit Choir will be performing many Christmas selections including a portion of GF Handel’s “Messiah.” As a tradition, concert goers will be invited to join in the Hallelujah Chorus. Pilgrim Brass will perform at both concerts, “The Madison Chorale” on Saturday, and “Nada Clue” Barbershop quartet on Sunday. The performances will be Dec. 5 at 7 p.m. and Dec. 6 at 3 p.m. at Notre Dame Chapel, 13000 Auburn Road in Munson, Ohio, home of the Sisters of Notre Dame. There is no charge for the performances, but a goodwill offering will be taken. Reservations are not necessary.
The choir is under the direction of Robert Boles, Aubrey Woods, and accompanied by Joy Leirer. The fine soloists this season will be Robert Boles, Chris Condon, Laura Christian, Sara Hamrick, Colleen Juhasz, Geoffrey Juhasz, Sylvia Jurcak, Thomas Shepherd, Alex Taipale and Aubrey Woods.