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DOIN’ GOOD: ‘For the Kids’ benefit concert

Published: Aug. 9, 2021 at 8:42 AM CDT
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LUBBOCK, Texas (KJTV) - This weekend, Abuelos hosted Lubbock ISD’s ‘For the Kids’ fundraiser. The huge lineup and delicious food drew a crowd to support Lubbock families in need.

But something more important than sunny skies and grub happened at the Mexican restaurant on Saturday. The event supports a fundraiser, benefiting Lubbock ISD’s little ones called ‘For the Kids’. It’s the brainchild of Hardwick Elementary teacher Carrie Lowe and her husband, Jere.

“I had a couple of kids that were cold. It was winter and they didn’t have a coat. and being a teacher, being a mom, it was like, I’m going to fix this,” Carrie said.

The day she noticed some kids were without basic necessities, Carrie went home and told her husband they had to help.

The idea ― get these kids the coats, shoes and socks they needed to feel comfortable throughout the school day. The personal, relatively small fundraiser, started something much bigger. A concert big enough to support not only kids in her class, but districtwide.

“We got to talking about well if I’m having this issue, then just think how many more kids there are that need this help. And think about all the schools in Lubbock ISD,” Carrie said.

She says the number of kids who can use some extra help is much bigger in Lubbock that it may appear.

“There’s a lot of them. There are more children that are suffering than you could ever realize,” Jere added.

The couple works with Lubbock schools to identify those students who may need some help. The process of giving the kids the items is all done private, allowing them to focus on what’s most important.

“This is very anonymous. They’re pulled off to the side and they’re saying ‘these are your shoes, these are for you to keep.’ And they’re just so shocked and their smiles and their attitude just changes completely,” Carrie said.

The concert has been going on for the past seven years with no plans to stop anytime soon.

For more information on the cause visit https://www.gofundme.com/f/Forthekids2021.

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