Help for Hope Station

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The Wilson Youth Council will host the upcoming HopeFest 2018 concert on Saturday, June 2, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at Vollis Simpson Whirligig Park.

The purpose of the concert is to collect donations for Hope Station. While the concert will be free, all attendees are asked to take donations of men’s socks, t-shirts, deodorant, toothpaste and toothbrushes.

The idea for the concert formulated while Wilson Youth Council members were volunteering to deliver meals to Hope Station as part of their own church outreach.

“It really started as a simple idea,” said Noah Buck, a first -year member of the Wilson Youth Council and leader of the concert team. “We just want to support those in need. Many of us are blessed with musical talent and we want to use these gifts to benefit others.”

Around a dozen teens will perform on stage. Another dozen WYC members have been asking around town for raffle prizes, and even more working on donations and sponsorships.

A raffle will be held with about 20 different prizes up for grabs.

“We are excited the Wilson Youth Council wants to support us,” said Linda Walling, executive director of Hope Station. “We’ve enjoyed their volunteer work and look forward to this community event. Their enthusiasm is uplifting.”

Hope Station provides food and shelter for homeless men.