A local church is hosting concerts this summer in hopes of raising thousands of dollars to donate to tornado victims in Elon.
Rock Pike Baptist Church in Forest is trying to raise money for the victims with the power of gospel music.
Pastor John Sines Jr. said their goal is to assist those people who specifically have fallen through the cracks of getting the assistance they need and are still struggling.
The concerts are free, but donations are encouraged. Pastor Sines says all of the money will go to tornado victims.
The gospel concerts are called Praise at Windy Hill and they are being held at Windy Hill Farm at 3749 Elon Road in Monroe.
At the concerts there is food, inflatables for kids to enjoy, and different gospel acts.
There have been two concerts so far and there are two others coming up.
They will be August 11th and September 15th and both will start at 4:30 p.m.
Pastor Sines said so far they have raised $5,000, but their goal is $10,000.
He said he thinks the community can pull together to raise enough money to make their goal.
"We know God is gonna show us exactly where that money needs to go," Sines said.
He said they are working with the Amherst County Sheriff's Office to determine who needs the most help in Elon.
"It's very important for us as a community not to get so self-absorbed in our own world that we recognize the people around us that are hurting," Sines said. "We can come alongside of them and bear their burdens because there's gonna come a time when we're going to need someone to help us carry ours."
Sines said he is hoping to connect with the people in need by September and give them the money they raised.
If you are unable to make it to their last two concerts, but would like to still donate you can send a check to the church and they will add it to their fund.
Rock Pike Baptist Church's address is 1117 Blackwater Road, Forest, Va. 24551.