The delight and beauty of the holidays will soon be upon us. We need to share that joy with those in need. Over 9,000 people visited an emergency food pantry last year. The largest increase is in our senior population, but the young and under-employed have also been helped. Due to federal cuts in SNAP (food stamps), the local food banks will have to work harder to keep our neighbors fed.
For the 24th year, the talented musicians of the area come together to raise funds for the Geauga Hunger Task Force. The Good Tidings choir will be performing the many Christmas selections including a portion of GF Handel’s “Messiah.” Also performing will be Pilgrim Brass, the Bell Choir from Chardon Methodist on Saturday, and the hammered dulcimer group; “If I Had a Hammer” on Sunday. The performances will be December 7 at 7 p.m. and December 8 at 3 p.m. at Notre Dame Chapel, located at 13000 Auburn Road in Munson, 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, Pat Heinz, Sylvia Jurcak, Colleen Juhasz, Charles Moosebrugger, Kathy Muzik, Katie Paskey, Linda Prusha, and Aubrey Woods. The attendees will also be invited to join in the Hallelujah chorus.
The Geauga Hunger Task Force is a volunteer driven organization that has been in existence since 1977. There are seven food pantries throughout Geauga County that serve the hungry year-round. Please consider attending this wonderful event and extending your neighbors a loving hand.