Almost two months after the earthquake in Haiti, students and community members joined together with many musicians to raise money for the financially ravaged country.
Student Government Association joined with Campus Activities Board, Baptist Student Ministry and Spanish Club and created a benefit concert.
With the help of other students, junior art major Alyssa Dickinson put together the show in order to give people throughout the community a chance to help Haiti.
She said, “It came together really fast. We wanted to do something that was fruitful and profitable, but we knew we couldn’t wait too long.”
The concert was headlined by singer-songwriter Jimmy Needham and featured music artist James Caronna as well as several university students.
Caronna felt passionately about the benefit. He said, “I hope that awareness is raised not only for the quake but how great the poverty there is all the time. They were poor before, and they will be poor after, so people should always help.”
Thursday night Michael Beach and Rashod Holmes entertained people walking around Luther Memorial visiting the different booths.
Craft Cru was selling hair accessories such as headbands for Haiti. Coffee from the country was sold, and a tent was set up to show the living conditions of thousands of people there right now. Paintings and T-shirts were sold to raise money as well.
The BSM booth had information about the Haitian language, an “In Tents” prayer experience, and an opportunity to write letters to children which Hope for the Hungry will take on its next trip to Haiti. Wristbands for entrance to both Thursday and Friday night concerts were $15, and all of the proceeds went to Hope for the Hungry.
A group of 12 students will travel with Hope for the Hungry to Haiti over Spring break, and the money raised will be used to purchase items for the people that they will be ministering to on the trip.
Friday’s concert featured JonDean, King, Fairview Avenue, and The Heart is a Lonely Hunter.
Students who attended the concert came not only for the entertainment but out of a desire to do something for their brothers and sisters in Haiti who are suffering.
Sophomore nursing major Delaine Jordan said, “Not that prayer for them isn’t enough, but it’s also about an outward action. Giving is the next step, and it was time for us to act on that.”
Sophomore international business major Tobin Davies helped with the benefit event and did so from a deep concern to show God’s love.
He said, “We’re very good at getting spiritually constipated where our inflow of love gets stuck inside us and we don’t pour it out. This is part of our outflow of love as believers.”
Dickinson had high hopes for the concert from the beginning. When the idea for the event had come to fruition, she said, “If we’re going to do this, let’s go big. It gave the whole community and other organizations an opportunity
to serve with us.”
Everyone who helped with, participated in, or attended the concert had the opportunity to help a huge cause right from campus.
Attendees of the benefit, like Caronna, realized, “It’s important to give because we have so much. As Americans we are vastly richer than most people there. We need to look and investigate the quality of life that people have and not wait until a natural disaster to start helping out.”
Brett Land contributed to this story.