You don’t have to be wealthy or even older than ten to make a big difference in ending local hunger. William, Jeremy, and Max are three local 10-year-olds who form the band WJM. They croon to classic rock songs with William as the vocalist, Jeremy on guitar, and Max pounding the drums. The band started performing together in November 2012, not knowing they all had the same desire to help feed hungry kids and families in need.
After one of their free concerts, they unexpectedly got paid and weren’t sure what to do with their earnings. They each had their own unique perspective: Max thought, “I have everything I need (and more!) so I thought it would be good to donate the money to a non-profit that benefits others who are less fortunate.” William says that his rock idol is Bono, a philanthropist known for his impressive international aid work while Jeremy admires the band KISS who have also partnered with charities throughout their high-profile career. Realizing this, they knew they had to donate the money, but which organization would be best?
When the band found out that 1 in 3 kids are going hungry in San Mateo and Santa Clara counties each summer, they were devastated. “It’s so unfair,” thought William. Max said, “Even though it’s bad out there, it’s good to know that there are places like Second Harvest Food Bank that help anyone who is hungry in our area.” They soon donated to Second Harvest to help keep food on the plates of their local classmates who know what it’s like to miss meals every day. On their website, www.wjmtheband.com, they have the Food Bank listed as one of their heroes. Recognizing the impact they can make through their music, the band donates all of the proceeds from their shows to non-profits, including Second Harvest. Their unique form of support goes to show that people can help out in any way, no matter their age or interests. Kids have the power to help other kids, and to that, we proudly say “Rock on!”