For many people the holiday season is a time for indulgence and excess. But for some, they're faced with the harsh reality of not knowing where their next meal will come from. Bust one local organization used music to help make a difference.
PopShop West Virginia, held their Winterfest concert Sunday at 1-2-3 Pleasant Street, which is a music venue in Morgantown. The entry price was four dollars and a canned food item, and all proceeds went to the Scott's Run Settlement House to help out individuals in need.
"It's a good thing to see because we live in an age where some people get up in the morning and not know how they're going to eat that day," said Joseph Aiello, a Monongalia County resident. "You had a bunch of different age groups contributing and different kinds of bands coming together and showing their stuff. It was a real positive atmosphere."
West Virginia has the 5th highest poverty rate in America, which is currently at 16.2%. And according to the National Center for Child Poverty, 22% of all children live in families below the federal poverty level. The PopShop owner was on hand and spoke about the importance of an event like this.
"PopShop is a community minded program where we enjoy giving back. We are neighbors with the Scott's Run Settlement House in Osage West Virginia. It's a great organization and we know that it's a really tough time of year for a lot of people especially at a lot of food banks that are really low and we want to help out as much as possible," said Chris Russell, the PopShop owner.
There were ten bands in total playing a wide variety of music and band members ranged from 9 to 60 years old. It was a fun day filled with great music and most importantly made a huge difference in the community.