OPA-LOCKA, Fla. (WSVN) — A college choir visiting South Florida is getting a helping hand after they became victims of a crime.
"So unexpected," said Audrey Wright, the Founding Director of College of the Bahamas Concert Choir.
"We’re not a mega ministry," said Pastor Eric Readon, New Beginning Missionary Baptist Church, "but we do what we can and help who we can."
The group of 31 students and four professors are with the College of the Bahamas Concert Choir and have been on a tour — with their own money — bringing a little Bahamian flavor to South Florida. But early this week, their trip took an ugly turn.
The choir stopped, at around 10 at night, at the Dave & Buster’s at Oakwood Plaza. Hours later, at around 1 in the morning, they went to leave and found their was van broken into. "It was disappointing. We didn’t expect for it to happen at all," said choir member Stermon Rolle.
More than $6,000 in valuables — including their costumes, laptops and iPhones — were stolen.
On Friday, however, they got some help from New Beginning Missionary Baptist Church: $500 donated through the "Enough, Is Enough, Stop The Violence" campaign. It’s a new initiative created to keep local kids safe, which was started in honor of young King Carter, who was shot and killed when he was caught in the cross fire of a shootout between gang members in Miami.
Dylan Robinson, a third grader said, "Makes me feel excited to give back."
As a thank you, the choir gave back with the gift of music.
"It just goes to show we do believe in helping each other," Wright said.
The group will perform at the following locations this Saturday:
9175 S.W. 44th St.
Miami, FL 33165
Deerfield SDA Church
350 N.W. 1st Terrace
Deerfield Beach, FL 33441
Fort Lauderdale SDA Church
850 S.W. 12th St.
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33315