Unity. The Dictionary defines the word Unity as, “the state of being one; oneness” and that is exactly what our community has come together to achieve. Oneness. Unity. When one of us is hurting or hungry, we all are and we have a moral obligation to extend a hand and offer a boost.

In 1985, the world was given the song “We Are The World,” an anti-hunger anthem. Proceeds from the sale of that song benefited those dealing with famine. Now, there's a new anthem, an anthem that battles the realness of hunger and homelessness right here Central New York. The new anthem is called, “We Are One.”

Music for the Mission, a nonprofit organization, was founded in 2009 with the goal to help our homeless and hungry neighbors in Central New York. Music for the Mission believes, “that music, with its innate ability to energize people, can contribute to the rehabilitation of those who need it most.”

The goal of Music for the Mission is to be able to provide meals to 100,000 families and they hope to do this not only through the generosity of our community, but also with the support of some very special musicians.

Bob Halligan, Jr. is not only a world-renowned songwriter and who has written songs for Judas Priest, Kix, Blue Oyster Cult and others, but he's also a native of Central New York and kindly gave of his time to write Central New York’s anti-hunger anthem, “We Are One.” “We Are One” features well known local and regional musicians, including Joe Altier, Ronnie Leigh, Todd Hobin, Doug Moncrief, Jon Celi, Dan Elliott, and more.

As we prepare to step into the season of giving, Music for the Mission, a proud sponsor of Townsquare Media's Food-A-Bago Food Drive, is pleased to announce a re-imagined version of their anti hunger anthem called “We Are One (Christmas is Here).

When you visit Amazon or iTunes and download “We Are One (Christmas is Here)” the entire 99 cent download fee will go toward caring for the hungry and the homeless in Central New York.

Click the links below to listen to and purchase "We are One":

[via Music for the Mission/Dictionary]