Local band sings for a Christmas cause

Members of Topaz have recorded the song “Give Them Hope,” and are selling copies in order to raise funds for the Abbotsford food bank.

Members of Topaz have played together for more than 30 years.

A local band hopes its Christmas carol spreads more than just holiday cheer this season.

Members of Topaz have recorded the song “Give Them Hope,” and are selling copies in order to raise funds for the food banks in Abbotsford and Mission.

Written by students of the Abbotsford School of Integrated Arts – Michael Fox, Natasha Stobbe and Abram Thiessen – the song highlights the hardships of Christmas.

Empty cupboards, and layoffs are depicted in the verses, amongst the festivities of shopping and carollers.

“The idea is to use music to help raise public awareness of how challenging Christmas can be for those in society who are struggling financially. The message is that we can all help make a difference by giving the gift of hope,” said Scott Boyes, who sings and plays bass and acoustic guitar.

Playing for over 30 years, Topaz has performed as the opening act for Merritt Mountain Music Festival, the BC Lions Street Party, and big names like George Canyon and Edgar Winter.

Following the Christmas tree lighting in Abbotsford on Dec. 4, the country and blues band will perform at the Abbotsford Food Bank.

Copies of the CD can be found at Abbotsford Community Services at 2420 Montrose Ave, Baby Blossom Boutique at 2623 Montrose Ave, Clayburn Gourmet Gallery at 320-3033 Immel St, and First Nails Salon 6-32330 South Fraser Way.

The band is asking for a minimum donation of $2.

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