Benham concert collects blankets to help needy kids

By: Morgan Lentes Email
By: Morgan Lentes Email

BENHAM, Ky (WYMT) - If you are looking for something to do Tuesday night, you might want to head over to Benham. At 7:00 PM, the Betty Howard Coal Miner Memorial Theater will host a benefit concert.

Singer and Lynch-native, Brooklyhn Woods organized the event and tells WYMT she is hoping to give back to the community that raised her.

The mountains of eastern Kentucky surround the town of Benham, which has seen better days. However, that has not stopped Christmas from coming this year.

"Coal mining is the job of choice around here and with it declining the way it is, I mean times are just hard," said Woods.

That was the inspiration that led local singer Brooklyhn Woods to organize a concert with a special twist.

"I just thought that I needed to do my part to give back to the town that has given so much to me," said Woods.

When the doors of the theater open, attendees to the event will not have to pay a set admission price. Instead, they are asked to bring a blanket or a few dollars to donate. Woods said the donations will benefit her program known as "Brooklyhn's Blankets".

Her efforts have not gone unnoticed in town according to long-time Benham resident Mary Creech.

"Brooklyhn has done such a awesome job for our tri-city area. Young, enthusiastic, beautiful voice, I mean she really represents our town," said Creech.

Woods said collecting blankets will help kids even after the warmth of the holidays has come and gone.

"We hope to have a packed house, not just to come and watch us sing but to bring blankets and things of that nature because really this is not about us tonight. It is about the kids," said Woods.

Both women expect a full house at the benefit concert, which will feature 12 other musicians performing alongside Woods.

If you are not able to make the event and would still like to help "Brooklyhn's Blankets", you can donate at several drop-off locations in and around Harlan County. Those locations include: Benham or Lynch City Hall, Family Hair Care or America's Best Value Inn in Cumberland, the Bank of Harlan or Jewelcraft at the Village Center Mall, the Harlan Police Department, and 106.3 "The Big One" radio station in Middlesboro.

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