CLEVELAND — In April 2020, Londin Thompson’s life changed. Now, she’s hoping to change the lives of others.
Thompson skyrocketed to viral fame after she posted a clip of her original song, called “Wish It Would Rain,” on TikTok. It was an ode to the emotions she was feeling during the pandemic, feelings that apparently resonated with the more than half a million people who shared her video on the app.
With a newfound audience, Thompson is hoping to use her platform to do some good. She and fellow Cleveland-based singer Jon Caryl will hold a livestream concert benefiting the Hunger Network of Cleveland. The organization provides emergency food supplies and hot meals to the community. It also rescues food from local restaurants and businesses that would otherwise go to waste.
Thompson took part in that mission Wednesday, rescuing unused bread from Leavened Bakery in Tremont and delivering it to The City Life Center, which offers resources and after-school programs to youth in the Clark-Fulton neighborhood.
“The pandemic has really been hard for so many people, and my hometown is very important to me,” Thompson said. “And with my platform and my voice, I really want to use it to help other people.”
The benefit concert will take place on Friday, Feb. 12 at 8 p.m. on the Hunger Network’s website. It is free to watch, but donations are encouraged.