Chicagoland musician gives hope for Veterans Day

Veterans Day Concert Meals
In addition to a concert, warm meals were prepared in the church, made to-go, and delivered to people's cars when they drove up. (Brandon Schaff/MEDILL)

By Brandon Schaff
Medill Reports

A Barrington church that has helped served thousands of meals this year continued giving this Veterans Day, enlisting the help of a local musician to preserve the spirit of the holiday. 

Cameron Edwards, known by his stage name Keys to Inspire, performed on Nov. 12 at St. Matthew Lutheran Church. While listening to the patriotic-themed music from their cars, the audience also received a meal from the volunteers running the event. 

More than 8,000 meals have been served by the church since March, according to community meal coordinator Sandy Hasse. By creating a drive-thru event, she said those in need of a meal can come without feeling at risk to COVID-19.

Brandon Schaff is a news and sports reporter at Medill. You can follow him on Twitter at @SchaffBrandon.