Hillbreed for Kids Benefit Concert

By: Will Jones
By: Will Jones

Christmas is just one month away, and many parents are hitting the stores with their kid’s Christmas list in hand. But not everyone can afford everything on that list. One local organization is coming to the aid of those parents. It’s all part of the annual Hillbreed for Kids Benefit Concert at Sissonville High School.

James Harrison has been putting on the annual Hillbreed for Kids Benefit Concert for the last 29 years. His motivation to help other kids came from celebrating Christmas with his own kids.

“I had four kids,” said Harrison. “They had plenty enough and every time I watch them, I would think about the kids that didn't have enough.”

This concert will help provide Christmas gifts for about 300 underprivileged children.

“Regardless of what kind of parents they have or what their parents do, it's not the kid’s fault,” said Harrison. “The kids don't have something for Christmas, and it's not their fault. Instead, it’s someone else's fault."

And that's why people attend the event year after year to raise money for those kids.

Just like Santa Claus, Harrison is never around to see the reaction of the children when they get their gifts. He says that’s because he’s a “softy.”

Last year, the concert raised about $4,000 dollars. There is no word yet on how much they raised this year, but Harrison says he hopes the amount tops last year's total.

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