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I have always believed in the healing power of music, but after working at Hospice House and getting the opportunity to work with the Merrymakers performers who come here, I know without a doubt just how powerful music can be. A resident had not been very alert in the morning before Bob and Ardeth’s performance, but as soon as he arrived and heard the old songs he had loved so much in his younger days, he was smiling and tapping his toes to the music. By the end, he was even singing along! What a wonderful thing for him; and what a wonderful thing for his daughter, who was with him for part of the performance, to see!
Volunteer Coordinator - Hospice House
It truly warmed my heart to see Michael Lyon literally reach out to each and every resident. Perhaps unbeknownst to him he sang to the sweetest 103 year old woman I’ve ever met (she’ll be 104 next month!). He also gave his attention to a beautiful lady stricken with the crippling effects of a stroke. I know she felt like a princess for that moment!
God Bless you all!!!
There is no way I can thank you enough for the smile that you put on my Moms face. God Bless you all!!! Please keep up the good work.
Leslee & Tibby
Who’s been here?
Our residents were talking about this great performance long after it was over. The second shift workers were asking me who had been
here because all their residents were telling them what a good show they had seen this afternoon. Thanks, for all the good work you and Merrymakers are doing to provide us with all the top notch performers!
Salvation Army Dora Bingel Center
On behalf of our Dora Bingrl Senior Center participants, I thank you from the bottom of our hearts for your generosity in blessing us with the gift of music! Recently we’ve had the pleasure of having Billy Troy here and John Worsham; they are top notch! But then again, all your entertainers are. Our hearts get so full with the blessing you provide, that it sometimes spills out of our eyes!!
Our folks love the variety, the engagement, the feel-good moments that your entertainers provide. This senior center has been here for 25 years, and I even have some 2nd generation participants who used to bring their mothers! These “kids” are now in their 70s!! They never tire of the special feelings they get when being sung to. God bless you for all you do in caring for our older adults in this community and across the state!
Senior Center Coordinator