(Editor's note: An earlier version of this story misidentified two of the event’s organizers and erred in stating the time the event would end.)
After seeing an article that said the Grayson County Shelter was running low on food, several local artists jumped into action. They came together to organize Foodstock, a fundraiser for the shelter that will run from noon Saturday to 6 p.m. at Tupelo Honey Bar in Denison.
There will be live performances by area bands and all of the proceeds from the night will go to the shelter, representatives of whom will be on hand to provide 501(c) documents to donors for cash donations.
The cost to attend the show is $5 or a bag of food or personal hygiene items to be donated to the shelter.
“There was a time back in the '90s the shelter did not have much help,” event organizer Greg Menta said. “We would do our best to help them out a few times a year. We would go to the VFW in Denison and play a live event. We would make about $300-$400 a few times a year. A few weeks ago, I saw an article saying that the shelter was in need of food so we decided to bring this back.”
Steve Dickerson Project, Fin City's After 5 Alibi, Little Big Iron, Oliver White and Orris Polk, and Sideshow Drifters will be performing Saturday night.
“The artists playing have been doing music their whole lives,” Menta said. “They love playing together and they love stepping up to help the community. This was just the date that everyone was free. We just got kind of lucky that we all had this day available right after the Fourth of July.”
Menta said that he hopes to raise awareness for the shelter on Saturday night.
“I was not aware of all that the Grayson Shelter does,” he said. “They do more than feed people. The goal is to help people find out all they do and for the public to hear some success stories from people the shelter has helped. There is a lot that can be done and we want to help with that.”
Even for people who do not have the money to donate, time is helpful as well, Menta said.
“There are just a few people that help there,” he said. “They are volunteers. Anyone can give back their time.”
Menta said that with the help of people in this area, the shelter can grow to do even more. He said that cooking and budgeting classes could be helpful.
“We need to get community together to help each other,” he said. “(I'm) surprised at how much people wanted to help for this. The community in this area is always good about stepping up to the plate. Businesses and restaurants in this area are good about stepping up. We can't solve the homeless problem, but we sure can help.”
Tupelo Honey owners Micah and Audrey Bracy offered their space to host the event. Other event organizers, Debbie Hicks, Tammy Huff, Ron and Elizabeth Boyer, Rebecca Holt and Gail Menta have been soliciting donations from area restaurants and businesses to help the shelter.
“It is exciting that we have support,” Volunteer Coordinator Crystal Vincent said. “They have not just been donating food to us, they have been donating gift certificates that will be a part of the drawing Saturday.”
The Grayson County shelter is still in need of additional cleaning supplies, paper goods and over the counter medications.
“We do not just help residents of the shelter,” Vincent said. “We also help families that come in and ask for assistance. I think people do not know that.”
Donations can also be made at the shelter located at 331 W. Morton St. in Denison. For more information about the shelter, call 903-465-6041.