Margaret Mead once said, “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed, citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.” It was for this purpose, the Good Tidings Benefit choir was formed 26 years ago. The caring and talented people of this community could see the need of the Hunger Task Force and found a creative way to help. This volunteer group performs challenging music to raise funds for the area’s people in need.
The talented Choir has raised the spirits of so many over the past 26 years either through song or through financial support. You only need a willing spirit to join. Choir members should be high school age and above. HS students receive community service hours for their work. You may bring your own copy of the Messiah or copies will be available at the practices for approx. $8 to purchase. Practices will be at Notre Dame Chapel at 13000 Auburn Center Road in Munson on Sundays from 2 – 4 p.m. starting on Oct. 18 and continue until the performance on Dec. 5 and 6. Soloists are chosen from the choir members.
This benefit mimics Handel’s efforts to feed the poor, house the homeless and heal the sick. Using the funds from the performances of his oratorio, Messiah freed people from debtor’s prisons, built orphanages and hospitals. We don’t have debtor’s prisons today, but the grip of poverty is agonizing and we work as a community to free people from their shackles. The gift of food becomes more than a meal. What you do today will make a difference now and in the future.
The Hunger Task force recognizes the increasing need in this community. Local food pantries are seeing double the number of families needing food since 2007. In 2013, there were 10,000 individuals served. In 2015 pantries are up 20 percent from 2014 with over 480 families visiting the seven foodbanks each month.
Those coming for help are the working poor, young families and senior citizens. Seniors have showed the largest increases in need. It is a fact that people cannot heal, rest, learn, or work when they are poorly nourished. The Task Force works on faith, that a community aware will be able to help their neighbors. “To ease another’s heartache is to forget one’s own.” – Abraham Lincoln
There are many groups that help raise money and food for our community food cupboards throughout the year. This project has become both a Holiday tradition and one more way to help the Hunger Task Force. Please consider giving this special gift to your community.