Christmas Time is Here

Hi there.  I don’t know if you know, but I love Christmas.  But enough about me.  Sort of.

I recorded a Christmas EP back in 2009 and I wanted to share the songs from it with you guys again this year, because they’re fun!  So, starting today I’ll be re-releasing one of the songs from that album every Thursday between now and Thanksgiving.  Check back on the website, facebook, twitter, whatever, to get the songs! 

So this thing kicks off today!  Here’s the first song off of my EP, it’s a cover of O’ Holy Night.  I hope you love it!

 

Download it for free here – http://music.lorenradis.com/track/o-holy-night

So!  While I’ve got you here, the other thing I’d like to do with each song I release is talk a little bit about a charity or other group that’s doing something worth talking about this Christmas.  That’s what it’s really all about right, helping people?  So this month, I want to talk to you about Compassion International.

From their website - “Compassion International exists as a Christian child advocacy ministry that releases children from spiritual, economic, social and physical poverty and enables them to become responsible, fulfilled Christian adults.

Founded by the Rev. Everett Swanson in 1952, Compassion began providing Korean War orphans with food, shelter, education and health care, as well as Christian training.

Today, Compassion helps more than 1.2 million children in 26 countries.”

This is one of those “Adopt A Child” programs where you can commit to a monthly gift for one specific child who you then get pictures of, can correspond with, and can buy Christmas and Birthday presents for!  Well, for Christmas they’re running a special program where you can send a one-time gift to a child or family in need on your own behalf or in honor of a loved one.  Check out the details here – http://www.compassion.com/catalog.htm

The gifts vary in price from extremely affordable to extremely generous, and I’d encourage anyone interested to help to the best of their ability!  Before we get to far, you may have noticed this is a Christian organization, and I’m aware that not everyone reading this is a Christian.  Helping children in need get clothing, food, and an education, however, is not a Christian ideal.  I believe it’s a human ideal and one worth supporting regardless of someone’s religious affiliation or lack there-of.

So to sum up, I hope you like the song, feel free to download it for free and share it with your friends and family, and I hope you get a chance to check out Compassion’s website and consider lending a helping hand to one of the most deserving groups I can think of, underpriviledged children.