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Every year around the holidays, people start to lose track of what the whole holiday season is truly about. But that’s not the case for one woman.
Campbellsville resident Gail Godsey said she felt the need to volunteer in her community this year.
So she did, planning and organizing “Hearts to Help,” a Christmas benefit concert to help raise money for the Taylor County Food Pantry.
Godsey and her musical group “From the Heart,” along with other local groups, joined together at Ransdell Chapel on the campus of Campbellsville University for this two-hour event last Saturday.
“The Christmas benefit concert ‘Hearts to Help’ was launched in order to raise money and awareness for those less fortunate in our community,” Godsey said. “So what better way than to raise awareness around the holiday season than a Christmas concert?”
The Rev. Michael Goodwin, pastor of Salem Baptist Church, spoke of the importance of giving to those in need. He then led the prayer for an offering to benefit the Taylor County Food Pantry. Various pastors connected to the Taylor County Ministerial Association assisted in distributing the offering plates.
Goodwin recognized Marietta Moyers for her 20 years of volunteer service to Taylor County and the Taylor County Food Pantry. Moyers was presented with a dozen roses in appreciation for all of her hard work and dedication over the years.
Pleasant Union Baptist Church choir greeted guests with Christmas caroling prior to the start of the concert. Performers included Vicki Bishop, “Saved by Grace Trio,” with members Lisa Gupton, Debbie Underwood, and Nancy Walters, Daryl and Anita Gardner and family performing with the Living Grace Church Band and “From the Heart.”
Godsey said she was first inspired back in the beginning of August, when she read an story in the Central Kentucky News-Journal pertaining to how much money was raised on average in Taylor County for the food pantry.
“When I saw that the funds were going to fall short this year, I volunteered ‘From the Heart,’” said Godsey. “I was told that if there was going to be any kind of musical fundraiser, I was going to be the one who would have to organize it.”
Seeing that her group had already produced a Christmas CD to be donated around the community, Godsey decided to take the concept to the next level. It was then that the idea of a concert arose.
More than $3,600 was raised to give those less fortunate in the community a Thanksgiving meal this holiday season.
“But the giving doesn’t have to stop here,” said Godsey. “We hope that once the word gets out, more people will help donate. That’s what this was all about: raising awareness.”
“We couldn’t have done this without the help of the sponsors and the cooperation of Campbellsville University,” Godsey said. “I was just so pleased with how beautiful Ransdell Chapel was and how smoothly the night went, from start to finish. This was the first time we’ve done anything like this, but ‘Hearts to Help’ was a definite success.”
Donations are still being accepted. For more information, contact Godsey at firstname.lastname@example.org or (270) 465-2543.
All donations may be made payable to the Taylor County Food Pantry.
Sponsors of the Hearts to Help concert included Amazon.com, Campbellsville University, Citizens Bank and Trust Co., Community Trust Bank, From the Heart, Taylor County Ministerial Association, Magnolia Alley, Kroger, Saloma Baptist Church and United Citizens Bank.