HME Show Choir spreads holiday cheer to seniors
Published 7:54 am Thursday, December 10, 2015
On Wednesday morning, a group of local students brought a tender, Tennessee Christmas to a local community center.
Members of the Harold McCormick Elementary Show Choir performed a Christmas concert at the Elizabethton Senior Center at 10 a.m. on Wednesday as a way of helping to spread holiday cheer.
The choir sang traditional carols like “Ding Dong Merrily On High” as well as popular contemporary songs like “Tender Tennessee Christmas” and the perennial favorite “White Christmas.”
This year marked the sixth year the HME Show Choir has performed at the Senior Center for Christmas and while the students in the group may change each year, the warm feelings the performance brings remain the same according to the choir’s director Emily Whitehead.
“It’s a great service opportunity for them to give back to our community,” said Whitehead.
Both the students and the seniors enjoy the concert and getting to interact with each other afterward, Whitehead said. In addition to the Senior Center, the HME Show Choir also gives Christmas performances at local nursing homes.
“The holidays are hard for a lot of people, and we often forget that,” Whitehead said. “If we can bring a smile to their face for 10 minutes it’s worth it.”
Many times, the older residents of our community may not be able to get out to attend holiday concerts and choir performances for one reason or another, Whitehead said.
“So, we bring it to them,” she said with a smile.