Holiday Concert Unites Community For Toy/Gift Drive

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Every year, many local families and children experience a Christmas morning with no gifts to open. With the hope of making this year's Christmas morning a little brighter for those in the community, the CreativeUnderground has teamed up once again with the Urban League of Greater Chattanooga Young Professionals Association and with the Bessie Smith Cultural Center to host the second annual "Voices of Hope-A Holiday Concert for the Soul” on Tuesday, Dec. 18, at the Bessie Smith Cultural Center.

“Admission to the celebration of Christmas through music is a child’s gift or monetary donation which will benefit the annual Urban League Toy/Gift Drive,” said Shane Morrow, director of TCU.  “I believe that no child should go without a gift for the holidays.  Through this campaign, we are able to use our God-given talents collectively to make a positive difference in the lives of our local families and children.”

“Each year the Urban League works with administrators at the schools where we host after-school programs to identify children and families who need help to make Christmas special," said Ashley Gates, Urban League Young Professionals Association president.  "Due to the state of the economy, there is so much need, but this is our way to further the Urban League mission and give back to the community.” 

Carmen Davis, Bessie Smith’s Curator/Programming director said, “The Bessie Smith Cultural Center is happy to partner with TCU and ULGCYP for this worthy cause. It is part of our mission to provide a venue that allows the community to celebrate through education, art and entertainment and what better way to celebrate the holidays then with a toy drives for needy families."

The evening will begin at 6 p.m. at the Bessie Smith Cultural Center in the Vilma Fields Atrium. Refreshments will be provided. For suggested toy and gift ideas, visit www.ulchatt.net/toy-drive.

For more information on the CreativeUnderground, visit  www.tcuchatt.com.

 

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