Young talent raises money for homeless community
It’s difficult in this day and age to stop and give a couple of minutes of your time to somebody on the street, particularly if you’re living in the hustle and bustle of a major city. We’ve become so self-absorbed by what’s going on in our own lives that we’ve become almost ignorant to what anyone else is going through.
Luckily for those who are suffering on the streets of New York City, Chris Leamy made it his own personal mission to make time for them. He began when a homeless woman made a remark about his guitar he was holding when he emerged from the subway, “This would be easier if I had one of those!”
Since then, Leamy has made use of his talent by playing his guitar next to the homeless to raise money for them. When he made $20 for each homeless person, he would match it by donating $20 to the Bowery Mission Homeless Shelter. It didn’t stop there though, he even persuaded his social media followers to follow suit!
His selfless acts of kindness raised $6000 for the community. This money bought a total of 1257 meals. His further efforts landed one man an opportunity of employment after he started a fundraising page to get Miguel Correa off of the streets. But little did Chris realize that his charity would actually lead to better prospects for himself when Sony contacted him about a record deal.
"Sony reached out and I signed a distribution deal for [my] new EP shortly thereafter," Leamy explained. "The goal of this has always been to humanize the homeless population. Never in a million years did I think it would lead to a deal."