The holiday season is here and if you’re like most Americans, you approach the holidays with a mixture of good cheer and stress about gift-buying, cooking, baking, hosting, etc… One way to reinvigorate your holidays is to find some new ways to give back. Here’s a lovely idea.
Last week, I received a touching email about a Nashville artist named Isaac Sharp.
He’s recently put out a Christmas single, Have Yourself A Very Merry Christmas, with a pay-what-you-want model. Isaac partnered with The Bridge Ministry to have all the proceeds he makes from selling that song go toward purchasing Christmas gifts for the homeless youth they serve. He’s hoping to get as many downloads as possible before December 17th, because December 19th is the night they distribute all the gifts under the bridge.
Because Isaac knows that many donors have concerns about where their money actually goes once it’s given, he’s filming his whole journey to share on social media along the way.
Sadly, Nashville is home to one of the largest communities of homeless and underprivileged youth in the country. The Bridge Ministry is well-established in Middle Tennessee, known for their care of homeless families who gather under the Jefferson Street bridge for weekly church services on Tuesday nights.
If money is tight this holiday season, Isaac’s song is a good way to contribute what you can and still spread a little joy.
Here’s how you can help:
1. Download the song! Donate the amount you feel led to provide, and you’ll immediately receive the link to the song.
2. Share this page on your social media accounts and tag me @iamisaacsharp so others can contact me and find all the information they need.
The realization of what music can do for people is what draws Isaac. Early on, he saw people he cared about struggling with depression, self-harm, or abuse. He realized that art could help these people. Music, movies, and dancing all had a way of making people forget whatever they were going through. “I saw how music could restore hope like nothing I’ve seen outside of the church,” Isaac said. This was the first time music struck him as something bigger.