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Nine siblings are ready to lift spirits this festive season and spread the cheer to those in need

Karyn Palmer, from left, Kady Bruce, Maria Bourgeois, Rebekah Brown, and Rachel Reeves will perform a Christmas concert at Evermoore Brewing Company in downtown Summerside to help victims of domestic abuse and aid in the procurement of period products for women that can’t afford them.
Karyn Palmer, from left, Kady Bruce, Maria Bourgeois, Rebekah Brown, and Rachel Reeves will perform a Christmas concert at Evermoore Brewing Company in downtown Summerside to help victims of domestic abuse and aid in the procurement of period products for women that can’t afford them. - Desiree Anstey

The Brown Sisters Christmas concert will help victims of domestic abuse and aid in the procurement of period products for women that can’t afford them

SUMMERSIDE, P.E.I - While playing instruments and singing as a family has become part of their festive tradition, the Brown siblings are excited to share with an audience their love of Christmas and, above all, the importance of being charitable during the cold shoulder of the season.

“We’re hosting a family-friendly event at Evermoore Brewing Company in downtown Summerside and we will dip into our childhood Christmas, bringing our traditions alive, and how it was like growing up in a large family and then branching out with our own families,” said Maria Bourgeois.

“A lot of people do know us and our background, so we will be sharing jokes, singing Christmas carols, and playing a variety of instruments that include a guitar, piano, ukulele, a tambourine, drum, and manditar (a six-string mandolin for guitar players, which is tuned like a guitar, but an octave higher),” she continued.

The Brown Sisters Christmas concert will support Anderson House, which is a family violence prevention centre based in Charlottetown, as well as the Summerside charity called No Questions Asked. Period.

“There are a number of women in the community that struggle with purchasing feminine hygiene products because when you have a family and have to choose between groceries or your own hygiene then you choose to buy groceries,” said Rachel Reeves.

“The charity (started by Megan Bearisto and Kassidy Arsenault) had lots of donations after their story was published by the Journal Pioneer newspaper (in September) and we just really want to help them continue with this for the long run. We understand the struggle as women because they are expensive products for anybody, but they are necessary for hygiene,” she said.

The sisters that will be joined for a song by their four brothers say monetary donations will be accepted by the door with admission.

“We will have a donation box as admission for people that want to drop off feminine products,” Bourgeois said, adding the feminine hygiene products can be donated to local food banks and similar charities.

“We will also be offering these feminine hygiene products that we raise on the night to Anderson House.”

The Christmas concert will take place at Evermoore Brewing Company on Sunday, Dec. 9 at 7:30 p.m.

Refreshments will be served during the intermission.

Evermoore is donating the space and Caseley’s Tent and Party Rentals are providing the seats.

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