SANTA BARBARA, Calif. - Country superstar Brad Paisley took center stage at the Unity Shoppe Thursday to tape an interview and performance for the upcoming telethon.
Paisley and his wife, Kimberley Williams-Paisley, a well-known actress, volunteer at the shop with their two sons.
Paisley was interviewed Thursday by Tom Reed, the Unity Shoppe's executive director.
"I'm telling you everything my family has learned about giving and charity has come from this place," Paisley said.
The Montecito resident shared the moment that inspired his family of four to start volunteering at the downtown shop and recalled one Thanksgiving when his toddler sons were acting up at the dinner table; Paisley credited his wife for knowing what to do.
"She said, 'OK, these guys need to understand there are hungry people in the world, we're goin' somewhere. Get in the car.' Luckily, a friend of ours knew that we needed to come here, to see a great model of giving,"
The couple is opening The Store, a non-profit service in Tennessee, that Paisley modeled after the Unity Shoppe.
"We're doing this in Nashville, a partnership between a board of smart people and Belmont University, my alma mater," Paisley said. "We're opening its doors after the first of the year, feeding people in Nashville."
You can catch Paisley's performance during the Unity Shoppe's 33rd Annual Telethon and Year-End Fundraiser on Saturday, December 14 from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. LIVE on NewsChannel 3.
For more information about The Store, click here: https://www.thestore.org/about-us.html
For more information about the Unity Shoppe, click here: https://www.unityshoppe.org/the-unity-family/