The holiday season is a great time to reach out to the community. This year we were happy to have been involved in a couple very worthy events.
Christmas 4 Kids:
Christmas 4 Kids is an organization with a goal of making Christmas a happy and joyful time for some special children in the Nashville community. Throughout the year they raise funds for a very special two-day event held each December. The Gretsch
Foundation was very pleased to have contributed a Gretsch 6120 guitar for their annual autographed guitar auction this year. At a benefit concert held the Monday before Thanksgiving, the guitar was auctioned off to the highest bidder and became a major part of that night’s earnings
Day one, The Tour Bus Show, was held on December 14. On this day the public has the opportunity to tour buses of some of their favorite country music stars. The bus companies and artists generously lend their buses for the event. This year the Tour Bus Show had 60+ buses on site, and several artists from Gretchen Wilson to Darryl Worley available to sign autographs. The weather was perfect and the crowd had a ball.
Day two, the kids shopping day, was held on December 15. On this day all the buses are sent to area schools to pick up participating children. The children are taken to enjoy a meal at a local church as well as a photo session with Santa. They are then taken for a fun-filled day of shopping. This year Christmas 4 Kids had over 400 children included. Because of generous donations from special contributors, they were able to increase the children’s spending money from $150 per child to $175. Each child also received a goody bag filled with donations from soccer balls to stuffed animals, in addition to a free Titans coat they get every year.
To learn more about Christmas 4 Kids, visit www.christmas4kids.org.
The Salvation Army:
The Salvation Army endeavors to keep the real meaning of the season from being forgotten at Christmas. Their red kettle bell ringing collects million of dollars in generous donations each year. These donations provide Christmas meals and other items such as clothing and gifts to families in need.
Gretsch employees and friends annually participate in The Salvation Army’s bell ringing in the Savannah area. This year staff took shifts on Saturday, December 19 at the Sam’s Club in Pooler. A group of enthusiastic honor students from Richmond Hill High School also participated earlier in the month. They helped spread some extra Christmas cheer by playing Christmas music and caroling while collecting donations.
To learn more about the Salvation Army, visit www.salvationarmyusa.org.