Two concerts in Eastern Jackson County not only help usher in the holiday season, but raise money for a local community organization.

Two concerts in Eastern Jackson County not only help usher in the holiday season, but raise money for a local community organization.

The 12th annual Spirit of Caring Concert and the 26th annual Mayor’s Christmas Concert are Sunday in Blue Springs and Independence.

The Spirit of Caring concert begins at 2 p.m. at Blue Springs High School, 2000 N.W. Ashton Dr. Tickets are $4.

The Mayor’s Christmas Concert is at 2:30 p.m. at the Community of Christ Auditorium, 1001 W. Walnut in Independence. Admission is free, but donations are accepted

“These are two of our major fundraisers during the year,” said Susanne Thompson-Wright, grants and communications manager for the Community Services League. “The atmosphere is relaxed, and there is this spirit of Christmas all around.”

The Spirit of Caring Concert will include several performances by area singers including Michaelah Burns, a student at Blue Springs High School and the 2011 KC SuperStar winner. The Blue Springs High School Glitter Girls and the Grain Valley High School Exclamation Choir will also perform. A pre-decorated tree, donated by Mera-Vic, will be raffled off. Tickets are $1 each or six for $5.

The Fourth Grade Choir made up of students from the Independence School District will perform, as will the William Chrisman and Fort Osage concert choirs and the Spirit of Independence Band.

Proceeds from both concerts go to the CSL for services such as utility and rent assistance and the food pantry.

“About 40 percent of the people we are helping this year have never sought help before. People are still struggling. They need jobs or parents have jobs, but are not making enough to make ends meet,” Thompson-Wright said. “These are always fun concerts and everyone enjoys seeing the fourth graders because they are always adorable.”