Downhere to perform benefit for Salvation Army

( [email protected] ) Nov 25, 2003 10:58 AM EST

Word Records artist downhere and The Salvation Army are partnering together for a benefit concert at 7:PM on Friday, December 5 in Building 8 at The Factory in Franklin, TN. All donations given that evening will go toward the Salvation Army's "Forgotten Angel Fund," and will be used to purchase Christmas presents for the Angel Tree commitments that will not be fulfilled by Christmas Eve.

"With God's blessing and the loving support of many Middle Tennesseans, The Salvation Army Angel Tree will lift the spirits of thousands of 'the least of these' this Christmas," states Major Ronnie Raymer, Salvation Army Area Commander. "Downhere has a very personal and spiritual affinity for our Christ-centered service ministry. We know that their free concert on December 5 will glorify Christ and uplift His Angels."

Downhere band member Jason Germain adds, "It is a privilege to help make people aware of the Salvation Army's Forgotten Angels program. Each year there are Angel Tree commitments that are not fulfilled, which means there are children who may not receive presents. In doing this special benefit concert, it is our goal to raise enough funding so that there are not any forgotten children on Christmas morning."

The Nashville Angel Tree serves thousands of needy children, elderly, and disabled persons from Davidson and surrounding counties that have no Christmas assistance programs. Over 1,200 volunteers contribute almost 10,000 hours of service each year to make the Angel Tree possible. Through the Angel Tree screening process, many families gain access to other vital social services such as job training, alcohol & drug treatment, and mental health counseling. The Angel Tree program is one way that the Salvation Army lives out its mission statement: To preach the Gospel of Jesus Christ and to meet the human needs in His name without discrimination.

Joining downhere for this special concert will be Elevate Records artist Charmaine.