All the beauty of the Christmas season is made even more beautiful when, in the spirit of love, leaders use their platforms to give back to those less fortunate. Stellar and Dove Award-nominated gospel recording star and winner of Gospel Music Channel’s Gospel Dream talent search, Melinda Watts, is giving back in a big way. On the heels of a successful European musical tour, Watts’ Dream Girlz Gathering Foundation, in partnership with EEW Magazine, the nation’s leading web publication for Christian women of color, is releasing a brand new Christmas charity single, Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas, to benefit at-risk tween and teen girls, ages 8-18, particularly girls in foster care. 100% of the proceeds from the sale of the song, now available for download on iTunes, will be seeded back into the Dream Girlz Gathering Foundation that also partners with the United Nations (UN) “Girl Up” Foundation (www.GirlUp.org) to equip girls to be the next generation of leaders. Details are available at www.eewmagazine.com/dreamgirlzgathering.
Last month, during National Adoption Month, Watts’ charity hosted 75 enthusiastic girls at her Foundation’s G.L.A.M. (Girls Leadership and Mentoring) Camp at the Pinebrook Conference and Retreat Center in Pennsylvania. Each attendee enjoyed a special time of bonding, sharing, praying, and worshiping, in a fun, safe environment. Testimonials poured in from girls who said it was a life-changing weekend. According to Watts, a greater number of girls and their parents desired to participate, but the Dream Girlz Gathering staff was unable to accommodate a larger group — something Watts is hoping to change with donations and support from individuals, ministries, and groups interested in linking up with her cause.
“There are so many young girls who need love and guidance and I want to be able to help as many as possible,” Watts, who is currently working on her new album to be released in 2012, tells EEW Magazine. Through the sale of the charity single and charitable donations of “Dream Girlz Gathering Angels,” the name designated for supporters, Watts anticipates the day when the Foundation will be able to assist more girls.
“I absolutely love what Melinda Watts is doing through her Dream Girlz Gathering Foundation,” says Dianna Hobbs, President and CEO of EEW Magazine. “She is a shining example of Christ’s love demonstrated through her servant’s heart.”
Currently, Melinda Watts is featured in the December 2011 issue of EEW Magazine where details are available about how mission-focused individuals and organizations can help support her Dream Girlz Gathering Foundation. For information on how to help Melinda Watts impact the lives of at-risk and foster girls, log onto www.eewmagazine.com/dreamgirlzgathering.