Concert to benefit Share Your Christmas

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

On Nov. 11, area community members are invited to enjoy a free concert hosted by Emmanuel Baptist Church. Gospel artist Sean Lea will perform at the Crowder College Cassville Campus Community Center at 7 p.m.

Attendees are asked to bring new or gently used coats, gloves, scarves or other winter clothing items to the concert. Donated items and monetary gifts will benefit the local Share Your Christmas Foundation.

"It is going to be a great night," said Justin Gates, who helps organize the annual coat drive. "This is a great opportunity to get out on a Friday night in November and enjoy some great music while helping our fellow neighbors in need."

The concert will be Lea's second performance in Cassville. Last spring, he offered musical entertainment during Emmanuel Baptist Church's revival services.

"He wanted to come back and do a concert," said Gates. "We tried to arrange an event in August, but it didn't work with his schedule. When we talked to him about our annual coat drive, he jumped on board."

Emmanuel Baptist Church will hold its third annual coat drive for Share Your Christmas during the concert. Each year, the event collects numerous items for local low-income families.

"Our goal for this year's event is the same as it has always been," said Gates. "We want to gather as many coats, gloves and other winter apparel as we can for Share Your Christmas.

"We want to make sure more people have adequate winter clothing this year," said Gates. "Whether you have purchased a new coat and want donate your gently used one or if you purchase a new item for the coat drive, it is appreciated, and we will get it into the hands of someone in need."

Gates is excited that this year's event will also give Emmanuel Baptist an opportunity to share Lea's musical talents with more people in the local community.

"Sean is an awesome guy," said Gates. "God is using him and his music each time he performs. This is our chance to share him with our community."

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