Jars of Clay Asks Fans to Help with Africa Missions

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The popular Christian rock band Jars of Clay is currently in the middle of a Christmas tour -- but that doesn't mean it's members  aren't in the holiday spirit of giving back.

Lead singer Dan Haseltine explained that his charity "Blood:Water Mission" needs cement for the work it does in Africa.  So, the group is asking fans to help.

"It's funny, but of all the work we do in Africa, the most expensive thing that we do with every kind of water project that gets done and with every medical clinic that gets built is concrete.  Cement is the most important part of it," Haseltine explained.

"And so this Christmas we're asking people [to help]," he continued. 
We're kind of telling people that cement is the new coal."

"The whole show is just kind of centered around this idea of a firm foundation and helping build these water projects in Africa," Haseltine added.

The Blood:Water Mission is an effort to end the HIV/AIDS and water crisis in Africa.  So far, the group has helped more than 600,000 people with its clean water and medical clinic projects.
 
For more information on how you can help, and for Christmas tour dates, visit here.

*Originally aired on December 9, 2011.

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