Homegrown help: Hootie and the Blowfish rock out thousands with school supplies

Homegrown help: Hootie and the Blowfish rock out thousands with school supplies

CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - Another year, another sold out crowd.

Over the weekend, platinum-recording rock band Hootie and The Blowfish returned to the Family Circle Cup stage on Daniel Island to the tune of two sold out shows.

It was a much different crowd, Saturday morning, where the band entertained thousands of Charleston County students, outfitting them with free school supplies, shoes, haircuts, and medical care.

"It's sad that there are so many people that need the help, but its great to see people helping.," said lead singer Darius Rucker, also a Lowcountry native.

The 8th annual Homegrown Roundup, which includes bandmates Mark Bryan, Dean Felber and Jim "Soni" Sonefeld, is the work of the Hootie & the Blowfish Foundation.

This years event was expected to serve over 2000 students.

"Words barely describe the feelings," Sonefeld added.

"You see the kid, that fearful look getting a new haircut, or seeing new shoes slipped on their feet and knowing that they're walking out a little bit taller, a little bit bigger."

Each year, the Roundup serves pre-determined schools in Charleston County.  Among those chosen this year were Angel Oak Elementary, James Simons, Charleston Progressive, and Sanders Clyde.

"I wanted to thank him because he has always reached back to help people, not only in his neighborhood, but in other places," said Myrtle Hart, whose great-grandchildren took part in this year's event.

"It means community," Rucker added.  "It means community coming together to help each other."

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