Friday, November 25, 2011

Choirs invited to sing for Gleaners Community Food Bank

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If you've ever thought about asking members of your choir to go Christmas caroling this would be the year to do it? Whole Foods Market in Troy is inviting local talent to spread cheer this holiday season while helping to feed those in need. 

"For every hour a choir sings, Whole Food Market will donate $50 in food to Gleaners Community Food Bank," said Dawn Danhausen, Whole Foods Market marketing and community relations specialist who came up with the idea. 

Whole Foods Market is hoping to have choir groups of five or less caroling throughout the store every weekend in December, between 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.  "We have a big heart but a small store so we have to limit the size of the choir," added Danhausen.

That's not to say you couldn't spread the cheer and have one group sing for an hour and anther singing after that.

How great is the need for help?

Last year, Gleaners Community Food Bank (www.gcfb.org) distributed more than 40 million pounds of emergency food to over 552 partner soup kitchens, pantries, schools and shelters in Macomb, Oakland, Monroe, Livingston and Wayne counties. "Of every dollar donated, 95 cents goes directly to food and food programs; one dollar provides three meals for a hungry neighbor," Danhausen said in her report.

Whole Foods Market Troy is at 2880 West Maple. For more information email, dawn.danhausen@wholefoods.com or call (248) 649-9600 ext 109.

I have never been especially impressed by the heroics of people who are convinced they are about to change the world. I am more awed by those who struggle to make one small difference after another -- Ellen Goodman, American journalist.

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