Marian Wright Edelman, founder of the Children’s Defense Fund, once said “Service is the rent we pay for living.”
Adrian Anderson of the R&B gospel group Trin-i-tee 5:7 agrees. Anderson and the other T57 members, Chanelle Haynes and Angel Taylor, took some time amidst the excitement of their latest release, Love, Peace, Joy at Christmas, to share with GospelMusicChannel.com what their past and present philanthropic efforts have meant to them – and those that are especially important this time of year.
It goes without saying that the talented group looks for opportunities to share their music year round, to minister to those who need to hear an uplifting message right here at home. With this year’s Christmas release, they’ll certainly be busy bringing a little joy to the world. Click here to download a free mp3 of “O Holy Night.”
T57 collectively states: “We love that our music inspires, and when we give, we are inspired. To have a gift that heals people’s spirits, makes love grow and soar, is something we can never fully describe…we are just very humbled and thankful to have been chosen [by God].”
Hailing from New Orleans and having been directly affected by Hurricane Katrina, the ladies have been a part of ongoing efforts to help rebuild their city. Last year T57 self-produced a community Christmas concert, where canned goods were required with admission and distributed to the local food bank.
The charity division of the group, the Trin-i-tee 5:7 Hope and Triumph Campaign, has traveled to various cities, including New Orleans, to visit with the homeless, deliver care packages, and reach out to communities in need. The organization will be re-launched as a nonprofit in late 2010.
“As the Bible says, I believe charity begins at home (and does not end there),” states Anderson.
While Anderson is an advocate of year-round community giving, she says that this holiday season she will begin by looking within her family to identify needs and help address them, and secondly, turn to the community, where this year she will be making a donation to a homeless assistance organization in Sacramento, Calif. called Loaves and Fishes.
“I’ll also be making some surprise visits to fans of our group and music to bring them some unexpected joy!” Anderson avows.
“With the changes in the economy, I see more and more need out there, however I also see people helping each other. I do appreciate that aspect in all of this. We are all connected, so when you help someone, you help yourself to understand that compassion is a treasure.”