Jason Crabb, 2-time GRAMMY winner, 2018 inductee in the Kentucky Music Hall of Fame and an internationally renown male vocalist, author, actor, TV host, and musician visited Western Kentucky last week to announce his partnership with Relevant Church of Paducah and the Kentucky Dream Center.
Crabb along with Pastor and NY Times best-selling author, Jentezen Franklin of Gainesville, GA, and the disaster relief group, God’s Pit Crew, made a significant donation of toys, bicycles, and household items to aid in a Christmas in July event planned for Western Kentucky families in tornado affected counties.
Joel Cauley, lead pastor at Relevant Church, is planning a “Christmas in July” event this July to distribute toys to children and families affected by the tornadoes. He said there would be multiple days planned in different communities so that families did not have to travel far to get donations. “This was just an incredible response to the need,” Cauley said of the toy donations that arrived Monday. “And so now, hundreds and hundreds and hundreds of kids [are] gonna get an amazing second Christmas here in just a couple of months.”
In addition to Crabb and his team helping coordinate toy donations, he is also working with local community groups in long-term recovery efforts to help build homes and build storm shelters at some homes and in some communities to make people feel safe. “It’s gonna be a long haul, it’s gonna take a minute,” Crabb said.“We’re patient, we’re gonna do our best to stay with you and help you provide, and we’re gonna show you results.”
Two weeks ago, Crabb performed at the Kentucky Tornado Relief Benefit Concert at Heartland Church. It was at this concert, Crabb said, where he and his team were approached with the idea of assisting Relevant Church with its “Christmas in July” toy plan.