Local nonprofit hosts Christmas carol contest to help Savannah moms, children

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SAVANNAH, Ga. (WSAV) – A local nonprofit has announced the winner of its online fundraiser to support single mothers in Savannah.

Shelter From the Rain was unable to host their annual Christmas concert this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Instead, the organization hosted a month-long virtual Christmas carol contest with the help of some familiar faces in the community.

Executive Director Jennifer Graham, of Shelter From the Rain, says this year’s concert was supposed to commemorate the 10th anniversary of the organization and the fifth annual Christmas Concert fundraiser.

She says it was important to find another way for the fundraiser to happen, so they can remind the mothers they serve that they’re not forgotten by the community.

“It’s a good thing for them to see that no matter the circumstance, we’re working hard to help them,” said Graham, “and that there’s a community of people who care about them, especially right now, and the new challenges that they’re facing on top of the ones that they were already facing.”

WSAV’s own Kim Gusby, along with Dedrick Clark, Lyn Avenue, Laiken Love, Porschia Mitchell, The Savannah Bananas, Reese Bailey and The Fabulous Equinox Orchestra all made videos singing their favorite Christmas carols.

On Wednesday, Shelter From the Rain announced Gusby as the winner. She raised more than $750 for the nonprofit, 305% of her goal.

In total, the organization raised over $12,000 through the online fundraiser to help single mothers and children in need through Shelter From the Rain’s Mental Health for Single Moms program, their Virtual Tutoring Services for Students of Single Mothers, their Community Diaper Bank and their Hope For the Holidays Christmas Giveaway.

For more information on how you can help Shelter From the Rain, visit here.

Enjoy Gusby’s winning carol below!

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