Homegrown concerts help local school kids

CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCIV) -- It's an annual event that has the band back together again. Hootie and the Blowfish will take the stage at the Family Circle Stadium on Daniel Island Friday and Saturday nights for their 12th Annual Homegrown concert.

The band asks concert-goers to bring school supplies to the concerts to help kids in need in the Charleston County School District.

"Everybody bringing school supplies to the concert for kids and roundup where the community provides services for kids going back to school, new shoes, backpacks, haircuts, eye exams, school supplies all that kind of stuff," Mark Bryan of Hootie and the Blowfish said. "It's turned into a really fun event with a lot of giving back by us, and the community as well, you can put all those things together it is usually a home run."

The Homegrown concert helps out kids like 11-year-old Eric and 10-year-old Lauren Center who attend Mitchell Elementary in downtown Charleston.

Eric and Lauren's mother, Rhonda Ellington-Center, said she doesn't know what she'd do without the generous boost of the Hootie and the Blowfish foundation.

"Financially, school supplies for two children it can be extremely expensive so with the donation of the school supplies-- the backpacks the shoes -- it is very helpful," mother Rhonda Ellington-Center said.

"Their generosity makes so much of an impact, not just the first day, but throughout the school year for your child to be able to go to school and be prepared that is just one less worried."

Donations will be collected Friday and Saturdays during the two-day concert.

For more information on the Hootie and the Blowfish Foundation you can click here.