Mission Change is celebrating Valentine's Day by delivering hundreds of meals to those in need.
More than 50 volunteers met at First United Methodist Church this morning for their monthly mission to pack sandwiches, chips, and dessert, and of course, a Valentine's Day card.
They'll deliver the meals to the homeless, and residents living in the Hudson Malone Towers and McIntosh Public Housing areas.
"For our neighbors who are basically shut ins or can't get out or probably won't see anybody on Valentine's Day,” said LaDonna Urick. “Our job today is to go out there and show what love truly is and it happened to fall right on Valentine's Day which is perfect."
Students in Mission Change's Afterschool Program also volunteered. Their next monthly mission will be an Easter Egg Hunt.
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ALBANY, GA (WALB) -The Mission Change benefit concert had six bands that will perform on stage, including a hometown super star.
Crews were out early Friday transforming the fairgrounds for the Music equals change concert that will benefit the local charity that helps people in need. 100 percent of the proceeds will go to those programs. Tonight's headliner is Lee County native Phillip Phillips. This is the first time he's performed at home since he won American Idol more than two years ago.
“He's excited and nervous at the same time. We've always said music brings people together. Be it speaks so many different languages. And who doesn't like to sit around with friends and hang out, listen to great music for a great cause,” said LaDonna Urick.
LaDonna Urick is Phillip's sister. She says he's been in town all week. You can still buy tickets at the fairgrounds. The show starts at 7:00 P.M. and the parking gates close at 9 p.m.
This is the first time Music Change has had a fundraiser for the non-profit organization.
Scheduled for Aug. 22 at Albany’s Exchange Club Fairgrounds, the Music=Change concert is designed to raise funds for and awareness of Mission:Change and its many charitable programs.
According to Mission:Change Executive Director LaDonna Urick, who is also Phillips’ sister, while the concert is the organization’s only fundraiser planned for this year, being able to share the Mission:Change story and inspire others to give of themselves is the overarching goal of the event.
“There is not an actual goal amount to be raised,” Urick said. “This night will give us the opportunity to share who we are and how people can join us in making our community a better place. It’s also a chance to listen to some great bands from the area and welcome back my brother for his first hometown gig since winning ‘Idol.’”
Joining Phillips at the concert will be area artists Blastov, Evergreen Family Band, Anthony Johnson, Meow Ka-Pow and Anne Cline. In between each performance, organizers will share information about Mission:Change through short documentary-style films. There will also be artwork and Mission:Change merchandise for sale, and a silent auction featuring items autographed by Phillips, Dave Matthews Band, Luke Bryan, John Mayer, Rob Thomas and Matchbox 20.
“We are really excited about our silent auction that will take place that evening,” said Urick. “It has been awesome to have these guys commit to helping us have an incredible night.”