In an effort to boost morale in Dawson Springs, Dr. JW Durst organized a community choir to sing God’s praises and show support for those affected by tornadoes.
Durst said the plan was for everyone to come together as a community to sing Christmas carols, light candles, read scriptures and pray. The community song will begin at 5 p.m. sharp and is expected to end at 6 p.m., he said.
“Anyone who wants to join in and sing along is welcome,” said Durst. “They don’t even need to be able to carry a tune in a bucket. They can just come over and make a happy noise.
He said he felt like God put on his heart that the community should go sing praises to God while encouraging those affected by the tornadoes.
“It’s just a little way for us to come together and let people know that they are not alone. We are here to help them in any way we can, ”said Durst. “To remind them that we come together and help each other physically, mentally and spiritually.”
Candles will be available for anyone who shows up to sing, he said. The county executive judge, the mayor of Madisonville and the mayor of Dawson Springs have pledged to read some hopeful scriptures.
The WTTL Toy Drive will be in the plaza to hand out toys to children, and Santa could also make an appearance. He said several food trucks will be on hand to provide hot meals to anyone who is hungry.
“I know of at least two or three, but I don’t know the exact number,” said Durst.
Since the community choir will be held in downtown Dawson Springs, parking is very limited due to ongoing construction. Durst therefore asks people to carpool when they can.
“It’s very crowded there. There are a lot of workers, ”he said. “We want to stay away. We don’t want to disrupt the ongoing restoration.
Durst said he was very encouraged by the positive reception of the idea of the community choir. Schools, churches and various businesses have expressed their enthusiasm for coming together to offer encouragement.
“It blows my mind,” he said.
Durst said he believes the event will be streamed live on Facebook, although he is not sure which Facebook live account it will stream to.
Anyone wishing to join the community choir singing in Dawson Springs, be there at 4:30 p.m. today.