When I look back on my life one of the things I’ve been most proud of is my ability to donate my time to help people in need. It’s something that my parents instilled in me as a young child.
I remember back to the 1970s, having a backyard “Carnival for Muscular Dystrophy”. My sister Judy and I, and our next door neighbors Karen and Heidi, created games of chance for our friends to play – for about 10 cents a chance. We sent the money to Jerry Lewis or somebody famous like that. When I was in kindergarten my mom sent me trick-or-treating as a 3 ft. tall orange UNICEF box on Halloween. There was a slit in the cardboard with a plastic Baggie taped to the inside. People put money in the slit. We sent the money to UNICEF.
In all seriousness, I’m very fortunate to be able to help raise money for those who need some help. Over the years I’ve performed at plenty of benefit concerts and I’m sure there will be plenty more to come. In the spirit of the Pay It Forward motto, here’s a peek at just some of the organizations I’m proud to support.
Bethlehem Emergency Shelter
On May 1, I’ll be presenting a concert to benefit the Bethlehem Emergency Sheltering, which provides shelter and services for the homeless in the City of Bethlehem, Pennsylvania.
Tickets are $20 each and are available online at EventBrite. All profits will be donated directly to the BES. Don’t wait, this will sell out.
The concert is part of the Ice House Tonight Series, which is presented in part by the City of Bethlehem Parks and Recreation, and in part by a group of caring citizens.
Turning Point of the Lehigh Valley
Next up is Turning Point of the Lehigh Valley. Turning Point of Lehigh Valley is a safe place where victims of abuse and their children can find refuge. They provide services in Lehigh and Northampton Counties to more than 5,000 victims of domestic violence each year. Their mission is to work toward the elimination of domestic violence; increase community awareness of the problem; and empower victims of domestic violence by providing shelter and support services.
October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month. A few years ago, I was asked to play a couple of songs at the Candlelight Vigil held at Cedar Crest College. It was an uplifting experience for all involved. I’m so glad to have been a part of the evening.
Each year during the month of October, I offer a complimentary download of the song Free, available at my ReverbNation profile.
Trinity Soup Kitchen, Bethlehem, PA
The Trinity Soup Kitchen serves a nutritious noontime meal to about 150 folks every weekday, and has been doing it for 30 years. They serve all; no questions asked. Often, they provide other services and needs for the poor, homeless, unemployed and mentally ill. They do it all with help from the community.
There are many things our poor and homeless folks need, and funding for programs that used to supply them is dwindling. During winter months, the greatest need is for the following:
Socks (plain white men’s are needed most often)
Shampoo and Conditioner
Deodorant (men’s and women’s)
Disposable Razors & Shaving Cream
Plain cotton Underwear, men’s and women’s, any size, Lg and XL preferred
Long Underwear, men’s sizes
Hats, Gloves & Mittens
Thanks so much for your help. See you on the flip side – and I mean that.