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Brian Wilson makes 500 calls for charity

Oct. 3, 2005 at 11:27 AM   |   Comments

LOS ANGELES, Oct. 3 (UPI) -- Grammy Award-winner Brian Wilson made more than 500 phone calls and raised $210,000 to help the survivors of Hurricane Katrina.

The Beach Boys co-founder launched his personal fundraiser on his Web site Sept. 22 and ended it Saturday. He kept good on his promise to call and personally thank anyone who pledged $100 or more, J Records said in a news release Monday.

Now Wilson has turned his attention toward a holiday concert and collecting toys and other goods to give New Orleans residents a merry Christmas, the label said.

"Christmas has always been a special time for me and my family," Wilson said. "I would love to be able to go down to New Orleans and bring toys and perform for the kids that have lost so much. No kid should be without Christmas."

Wilson's first solo holiday album, "What I Really Want For Christmas" comes out Oct. 18.

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