Last week, we learned that the official Giving Tuesday website scheduled May 5th to be a new, global Giving Tuesday “as a response to the unprecedented need caused by COVID-19.” So today, each of us has a unique opportunity to give or get involved in whatever way we can.
In keeping with our mission, the Rabbit Room is raising relief funds for touring musicians who have lost work due to COVID-19. Today we are matching donations up to $20,000 toward that cause.
We want to stress that this is for more than singer-songwriters and solo-artists. There are tons of drummers, guitarists, pianists, and other musicians who help create the music we love and make live shows and tours possible through their hard work, time, and talent. Shut-downs have had an even greater impact on these folks, who don’t have music to stream, products to sell, or livestream shows by which to raise their own funds in the meantime.
One of my biggest struggles through all of this has been a sense of helplessness—knowing so many are hurting, yet not knowing precisely where the needs are or what I can do. I’m encouraged and grateful for this opportunity to participate in the work of John 13:35, showing Christ’s love for us by the way we love one another. I hope we can each find a way to join together this Tuesday in service of that most beautiful of commands.