Correction: Because of an editing error, an earlier headline on this story named the wrong singing group for the Dec. 16 event.
Three choirs and an instrumental group will give the gift of music to benefit residents of the South Side who are in need.
The Germania Singing Society, Mendelssohn Liedertafel, Columbus Swiss Singers and Alphorn Gruzie each will perform at 4 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 16, at St. Paul United Church of Christ, 225 E. Gates St. in Merion Village.
A goodwill offering will be accepted at the door to benefit the South Side Community Ministries Food Pantry, which is located inside but operates independently of the church.
Kathleen Megown, a singer in the Germania choir and vice president of Swiss Singers, said the concert usually raises about $200 for the food pantry.
"Speaking for myself and the choruses, we love to sing, especially at Christmastime," Megown said. "It's something you did when you were young and you want to continue that tradition."
The choirs will sing in multiple languages,while also performing American classics and newer tunes, some with a humorous bent. One example, according to Megown, is "Dashing through the Slush."
The Alphorn Gruzie will round out the musical ensemble with a deep, rich sound, Megown said.
"The alphorns really resonate in that church," she said. "The acoustics make them sound really special."
All three choirs will combine for the finale, Megown said.
The choirs have been raising money for the food pantry for several years.
"Especially at Christmastime, you want to give back and you want more people to share in the mood," Megown said.
"It's something we're mindful of," she said. "We really have that connection (with the food pantry). It's something that we want to keep up."
Linda Langhorst, a member of pantry's board of directors and long-time volunteer, said every dollar raised will buy $8 worth of food from the Mid-Ohio Foodbank.
Canned-food offerings also will be accepted, she said.
Langhorst said the pantry provides a three-day emergency food supply for 1,000 to 1,300 residents a year.
"Any food donation is welcome and allows the pantry, which is an all-volunteer organization, to do the work they've been doing in the community," she said.