In uncertain times like 2020, kindness really matters. One such organization providing support to those in the helping professions is the First Responders Children’s Foundation. First responders and their families who are enduring financial hardship due to the coronavirus outbreak are assisted AND the foundation will continue to help first responders for the duration of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Singer/songwriter/comedian Geoff Erwin performed his first virtual fundraising concert Saturday, May 9, to help raise money for The First Responders Children’s Foundation. He belted out folk-pop tunes with his guitar premiering several songs from his original album, including the song “What’s Right” at the virtual benefit concert. The best song for the times was his twangy Elvis-like “Coronavirus Blues” rendition. “When will it end? Ain’t go no clue! Ain’t no traffic on the 405…”
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“I’ve been working on a folk-pop album over the last 6 months,” said Erwin. “We were heading into Final Mixing right when the COVID pandemic hit.” Even with all that was happening, Erwin wanted to give back to the community. “That put a major crimp in our plans, and yours too… I was feeling kind of helpless. I heard a story on NPR’s ‘This American Life,’ where an EMT in New York had to handle 13 COVID-related Cardiac Arrests in one 16-hour shift. None of them survived. I can’t imagine what that must be like.”
Geoff Erwin realized he needed to help. “These guys who are out there risking their lives every day, gearing up for each and every case they see, and what am I doing? That’s when I realized how much I wanted to put together a benefit concert.”
“The First Responder’s Children’s Foundation is a top-notch, vetted charity, which helps children of First Responders who have died in the line of duty. LGBTQ icon Elton John had chosen them as his charity for his #TogetherAtHome concert.”
“They have a COVID Relief Fund that gets masks to First Responders, and gives grants to First Responder families in need,” explained Erwin, “I love how they kick ass.”
Who does the First Responders Children’s Foundation benefit?
First responders include paramedics, emergency medical technicians, police officers, firefighters, and employees directly supporting police and fire departments such as 911 dispatchers. The brave medical personnel and staff of the emergency services of the hospitals and health facilities that are treating COVID-19 patients are also deemed first responders.
How else has First Responders Children’s Foundation supported the first responder community?
To recognize and honor these selfless acts, the First Responders Children’s Foundation has responded to the COVID-19 pandemic, by helping in numerous ways, including:
- Distributed more than 400,000 FDA-certified, surgical-grade masks to first responders through the Mask Project without disrupting the supply chain of N95 masks for hospitals.
- Is preparing to distribute a significant amount of hand sanitizer to first responders and tens of thousands of toys to children of first responders.
- Will continue to support first responders for the duration of the COVID-19 pandemic.
- Continues a 19-year mission funding millions of dollars in college scholarships benefiting hundreds of worthy children with first responder parents who have been killed or injured in the line of duty.
- Funded more than 11,000 hotel room nights and meal stipends so first responders don’t have to go home and infect their families and/or can self-quarantine.
- Awarded more than $2.5 million in grants to first responders with financial hardship due to COVID-19.
- Paid for 16 funerals of first responders who died from COVID-19.
Erwin’s goal is to give people a unique concert experience, where “catharsis” takes place.
“We all need to release some of this tension that’s been building up—this is my recipe,” enthused Erwin. I’ve been shooting drone footage of Los Angeles in these times and putting together videos to play behind me as I play live. It’s definitely something I’ve never seen before. Also, I intend to raise a mountain of money to make a massive difference for those who are risking their lives to save ours.”
Help this worthy cause by donating HERE or by texting “GEOFF” to 76278.
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