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Volunteers singing outside assisted living facilities to bring residents cheer

Posted at 3:34 PM, Apr 16, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-16 17:34:52-04

TWIN FALLS, Idaho — For people living in assisted living facilities, dealing with the pandemic can feel especially lonely. Because of coronavirus concerns, most of them aren't able to get visitors.

That's why a group of volunteers from Hospice Visions are working to give them a little cheer through song.

"We're coming out to their windows--many of them will open their windows and we'll sing for them--familiar songs--and still stay connected with them," said Chaplain John Martinez. "I think that's really the important thing."

It's a connection that's literally music the the resident's ears.

"You can see the tears flowing, because they're just so happy that we're there," Martinez said.

When it comes to those they're singing for, the group isn't taking any chances. Singers make sure to practice social distances, and even make sure to keep their distance from the building itself.

"When we're standing outside of a building, we're 15-20 feet away in most cases. In some cases, places we've been they're up on the balcony, so they're quite a distance away," Martinez explained.

Martinez says the distance doesn't stop the group from making connections.

"We just sing loud," Martinez chuckled.

The group has been singing at assisted living facilities for the past month, and they're not done yet! They're planning on keeping it going, even after everything with the coronavirus is over.

If you'd like to take part, they're always looking for volunteers! Just head to their website and click the "volunteers" tab.