We found out about Five Finger Death Punch through Papa Roach, and that they were coming to a town near us (along with two other bands in one huge concert).. so I started following them on Twitter and found that Chris Kael their bass player was #1 a super nice guy with a good sense of humour, #2 very active on social media, and #3 always looking for ways to give back.
We tweeted Chris just once, with a photo of one of the bracelets we made with Jerry Horton‘s (Papa Roach) guitar strings, and asked if he would be interested in donating strings – and he gave us a resounding “send me an address, I’d be more than willing to donate a pack to help out!” Messaged Chris, letting him know that we were actually going to the concert his band was going to be doing in a month or so, and arranged to get the strings that night.
The show was great. Loud! Energetic. Hectic. Amazing. Seeing Papa Roach play again (second time only) and then Five Finger Death Punch for the first time.. and the fans were pretty decent too which was great! After the show, we hooked up with Chris’ assistant Brad, who passed on a package of strings for us (thanks very much!) and we were all set! Can’t wait to see what we can create with these!
So as you may remember from our last few blogs, we’ve been working on bracelets made from used guitar strings donated by guitar Jerry Horton from super group Papa Roach. Jerry was kind enough to send his strings after we chatted with him on Twitter, and we’ve finally been able to use them all! We’ve sent bracelets as far away as Russia and Poland!
We did four ‘lots’ of strings and raised a whopping $415 dollars! Even more whopping is the list of things we’ve been able to ‘purchase’ from World Vision’s gift catalog! They are:
- supply a classroom (twice)
- 3 soccer balls
- school lunches for 50 kids for a month
- Medicines for 20 kids
- text books for a classroom (twice)
- Syrian emergency relief ($20)
- Baby chicks (twice)
- 5 fruit trees
Many thanks to Jerry and the awesome Papa Roach fans who supported us!
Papa Roach guitarist Jerry Horton told us a few months ago yes! He would donate his used strings to us, and true to his word, they arrived! We got a FedEx card in the mail the other day, and it said there was a parcel for pick up – but not at the post office – at the hardware store! Very odd.. what on earth could it be? Went down to get it, asked the guy who it was from as he came out of the stock room – Papa Roach he says -and his eyes light up! “my fav band” he says.. yes! Ours too haha..
So the package was big! And it said Papa Roach on the return address – their management company. Could hardly wait to get out to the car to open it up!
We’ve been getting to know more about the mega rock band Papa Roach over the last year – singer/frontman Jacoby Shaddix is 3 yrs clean and sober, has become a born again believer (and is quite open about how this is what saved his life from the drugs and drink) and the band has a new album out, F.E.A.R (Face Everything and Rise). This band is HUGE and has a great loyal (large) group of fans and followers and we love everything about them – great attitude, great music, fantastic way they treat their fans both at shows, and online.