Coolville Community Choir Christmas Concert

Sunday night the Coolville Community Choir held their annual Christmas concert, which always benefits a local cause.

But this year's concert was extra special, as it was local, but it reached all the way around the world, as well.

Just over one month ago, the Philippines was struck by a devastating typhoon.

More than 5,700 people lost their lives in the storm and for one local woman, the devastation hit extra hard.

Just this past Wednesday, Matilda Clarke, a member of the Coolville Community Choir, received the news that her family in the Philippines did not survive the typhoon.

The choir chooses a different cause to raise money for each year and for this year, they knew they had to reach out for one of their own.

"So that made it a little different and not more special, per say, but it just hits home a little closer," says Judith Reaser, with the Coolville Community Choir.

"It helps to know that we're touching someone's life close to us, but yet reaching across our boundaries," says Laura Cullen, with the Coolville Community Choir.

The Lutheran World Relief Fund is where the money raised from Sunday's concert will go to in honor of Matilda's family.

The gymnasium was filled with members of the community to enjoy the hour long concert.

The people who came out to the concert say they're proud to be part of such a giving community that helps not only their own, but those around the world as well.

"I think it's great because these people give of themselves," says Coleman Gallaher, with the Coolville Community Choir.

"It's great that they get together and put this on and put in their time and effort and support the need for the people in the Philippines," says concert goer Tim Simpson.

As the choir sang the giving spirit of Christmas truly filled the air and although it doesn't make Matilda Clarke's loss any easier, it helps to know she has an entire community behind her.

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