Destiny’s Child, one of the best-selling female musical groups in the world, appeared at the Arsenal Mall in Watertown on Friday, August 10th in a WBOT Hot 97.7 Radio -sponsored benefit for The Greater Boston Food Bank.
Band members Beyonce, Kelly, and Michelle signed autographs for hundreds of fans who brought canned goods and cash donations for The Greater Boston Food Bank.
The Greater Boston Food Bank will distribute the 500 pounds of canned goods it received at the event to the feeding programs it serves throughout eastern Massachusetts. The Greater Boston Food Bank also received nearly $300 in donations from Destiny’s Child fans. For every $1 donated, The Greater Boston Food Bank is able to distribute $6 worth of food, so Friday’s cash donation provides $1800 of food, or 1384 meals, for the hungry. The canned goods donated to The Food Bank resulted in an additional 384 meals for the hungry.
After the can drive and autograph signing event, the band performed at The Tweeter Center in Mansfield. As part of its current tour, Destiny’s Child has arranged to appear at local malls and sign autographs for fans bringing canned goods for local charities such as The Greater Boston Food Bank. Destiny’s Child joins the ranks of many other popular musicians, including Bruce Springsteen, Aerosmith, Shania Twain, and Jewel, who have lent their name in support of The Greater Boston Food Bank.
“It’s wonderful that, despite their hectic concert tour schedule, Destiny’s Child still makes the time to give back to the hungry in the communities in which they perform,” said Catherine D’Amato, president and CEO of The Greater Boston Food Bank. “It’s also great to see fans supporting The Greater Boston Food Bank while enjoying their favorite music,” she said.
Destiny’s Child has received 5 nominations for this year’s MTV Video Music Awards, currently has a multi-platinum album, and has won four Billboard Music Awards.