Olivia Harris, Alaina Stacey and Hannah Rand have been singing together since 2010 when their parents encouraged them to join voices for a church program. They all attend the LaSalle Street Church and were frequent volunteers at the church's weekly restaurant-style soup kitchen. They say the experience leaves an enduring impression.
"It was just the most unique soup kitchen experience that I have ever seen. To have our guests come in and people would sit with them and talk with them and it was just so concentrated on the community and making this a nice experience for our guests," Stacey said.
Last year, they recorded a version of "We Wish You A Merry Christmas" as the group Me You & Her and donated the proceeds from every iTunes download to the Greater Chicago Food Depository. Since the depository supplies their church with food, they saw a partnership as an easy fit.
"Especially during the Christmas time in the cold, people in Chicago are on the streets and I don't think that's fair and I think that donating to the Greater Chicago Food Depository will help to change that," Harris said.
This year, Me You & Her recorded an entire CD of Christmas songs. It's free to download and all tips will help to feed the hungry.
"It's something that we've always hoped for, that music would be something that gives you hope, but now it's actually giving money and that was really amazing," Rand said.
Download "A Lil' More Christmas" at noisetrade.com/meyouher/a-lil-more-christmas for free. By clicking on "leave a tip," donations go to the Chicago Food Depository.