Sparrow Records recording artist Steven Curtis Chapman has partnered with Family Christian Stores during this holiday season to promote two similar and benevolent operations – Family Christian Store’s The James Fund and Chapman’s Shaohannah’s Hope Foundation.
The James Fund, a non-profit organization founded by Family Christian Stores, was created to meet the needs of orphans and widows in the communities that Family Christian serves.
The James Fund promotion, benefiting those orphans and widows in need, will be held in all Family Christian Stores locations nationwide as well as at FamilyChristian.com, will run in two variations for customers to help this holiday season. With the purchase of Chapman’s current Sparrow Records’ release, All About Love, or by visiting any Family Christian Stores and adopting a Christmas Barnabas Bear for $5.00, proceeds from all donations will be distributed to The James Fund and Shaohannah’s Hope. The Barnabas Bears will then be given to orphans of the local community they were adopted in, and personally delivered by Family Christian Stores along with Bethany Christian Services. This promotion will run throughout November and December.
The Shaohannah’s Hope Foundation exists to care for orphans by engaging the church and helping Christian families reduce the financial burden of adoption. These families can provide not only love and support but also provide a child with the knowledge of God’s plan for his or her eternal life with a forever family.
Chapman is very excited about this partnership. He affirms, “I am so thankful that Family Christian Stores is engaging in caring for widows and orphans. It’s something God is inviting us to do together. When Family approached me with the idea to tie Shaohannah’s Hope and The James Fund together, I was so encouraged and jumped at the chance.”
Dave Browne, CEO of Family Christian Stores, couldn’t agree more. “We at Family Christian Stores are thrilled to partner with Steven Curtis Chapman for these two wonderful foundations to work together this holiday season. I know that we will be able to share the holiday spirit with so many orphans this year and that is so exciting. We have a lot to look forward to and be thankful for this season.”
A second phase of this promotion is already scheduled for the 2004 Easter season. The “Shaoey Bunny” will be the adopted animal in place of the Christmas Barnabas Bear. The bunny is named after the Chapman’s first adopted daughter, Shaohannah Hope.
Chapman will release his second DVD, Steven Curtis Chapman Live, tomorrow, Tuesday, November 4, 2003. This first-ever live DVD will feature performances from this touring pioneer, filmed from the hugely successful “Live Out Loud Tour,” a tour experienced by over 200,000 people. Steven Curtis Chapman Live is marketed for both the fans who caught the “Live Out Loud Tour” as well as those who were not able to see the show in their area. Live encompasses the energy and passion of behind the scenes footage of the Tour, including never-before seen b-roll of Chapman backstage and everyone on his tour, as well as the poignant “Beyond The Gates of Splendor” segment.