The Song Of Thanksgiving.org & EndHunger.org
For Immediate Release
Big Island VA: Steven Waldmann 800-333-4597
Atlanta GA: Sam Zamarripa 404-961-7650
Atlanta, Georgia & Big Island, Virginia
Can a simple song and video about Thanksgiving posted on iTunes help raise money to feed hungry people in America? To answer that question you have to ask Steven Waldmann of the highly respected hunger and ecumenical organization, the Society of St. Andrew (EndHunger.org,)
The two groups have aligned using social media, iTunes, and a host of other Internet tools to raise money over this 2011 Thanksgiving holiday to feed hungry people. Songwriter Sam Zamarripa says “When I learned that the Society of St. Andrew could feed someone for two cents (yes, 2 pennies) I knew I had found a home for the song. The tune was written as a simple song, a meditation, which could be sung a capella at the Thanksgiving table. It’s a tune that speaks to our busy lives while raising the promises we make to ourselves and personally to God. To make it a fundraising tool for Society of St. Andrew was just natural.”
When you visit EndHunger.org, you will find one of the most respected hunger organizations in America. Formed in 1979, the organization’
While I love the mission of the Society of St. Andrew, says Zamarripa, it was their results and the impact of gleaning that moved me to action. Gleaning is the traditional Biblical practice of gathering crops that would otherwise be left in the fields to rot, or to be plowed under after harvest. The national Gleaning Network coordinates volunteers, growers, and distribution agencies to salvage this food for the needy.
Executive Director of the Society of St. Andrew, Steven Waldmann, immediately saw the connection between a song of Thanksgiving and hunger. “Each year at Thanksgiving, we see the accentuated needs of hungry people … this year we will save and deliver 20-25 million pounds of fresh, nutritious food for people who are hungry and in need. When we were approached by Sam and Doug, we knew it would motivate our volunteers (more than 25,000) from churches, synagogues, scout troops, and senior citizens groups - and we hope it will provide a unique way for people to contribute to our work”.
The two groups are breaking new ground for social media, charity, and iTunes. Every song purchased from iTunes will generate 30 cents for the Society of St. Andrew. This will pay for 15 servings of food at 2-cents a serving. To see the video, learn more, and buy the tune, visit EndHunger.org or The Song Of Thanksgiving.org