Singer asks fans for donations

Rhythm and blues singer Mimi Johnson is asking fans to take donations for Shiloh Comprehensive Community Center and Garden City Rescue Mission when she performs tonight at Alter Ego'z on Gordon Highway.


Canned goods, clothing, toys, blankets, money and any other items that could be used by either organization are welcome.

Johnson, an Atlanta-based musician, said she tries to collect donations for a local shelter during a performance each month. She had already planned to collect donations for Garden City Rescue Mission during her four-day tour of Augusta, and decided to include Shiloh after hearing of the community center's plight from a cousin who lives in the area.

The senior center, food pantry and youth facility has asked the Augusta Commission for $55,000 this year for roof repairs and operational support, but will likely not get it. Without help, Shiloh faces reducing its food pantry service and other programs, Executive Director Elizabeth Jones has said.

"I have great respect for our elders," Johnson said. "It's different than the type of group I usually support, but I believe it's important to pay attention to the needs of our elderly."

Johnson described her music as a mix of rhythm and blues, soul, jazz and hip-hop. She and her band will perform at 9 p.m. at Alter Ego'z, 1721 Gordon Highway.