Crookston singer-songwriter Annie Fitzgerald will be hosting a live stream benefit show on Facebook Sunday, March 29 from 4-5 p.m. to raise money for the New Hope Food Shelf and Highland Elementary School “Fill the Gap” program.

    Fitzgerald said with schools closing over COVID-19 concerns and state mandates, area children may not get the two meals a day they used to during school and she’d like to help.

    “In my hometown of Crookston, MN there are currently 57% of kids that qualify for free or reduced lunch at Highland Elementary School; I am told that number is even higher at Washington School,” Fitzgerald wrote on her Facebook event page. “New Hope Food Shelf is helping to feed families in the area that have been impacted by the closures COVID-19 has imposed upon us. Crookston Schools’ social worker Tara Miller, along with other staff and food service directors, are (also) working hard to fill in the gaps to get food to those kids and families in need.” 

    Fitzgerald encourages people to “set their alarms for 4 p.m. Sunday” and join her on Facebook Live where she’ll play songs and “spend a little virtual time together.” She added that she’ll have a Venmo and PayPal account set up and info on how to donate to benefit New Hope Food Shelf and “the kiddos in Crookston who need our help.” 

    “If you’re not able to help financially at this time, please no worries,” Fitzgerald continued. “I know everyone is struggling in their own ways right now and this is a way we can be there for each other either way.”

    “I also hope that you have moments where you feel grounded that even though this will take time, we can come out on the other side with more love and compassion for others, and gratitude for all that we have. I’m holding those hopes tightly in my heart.”