High school students sing carols at local hospital
Posted by: Abigail Wood
Malcolm High School carolers went door-to-door at CHI Health St. Elizabeth to sing Christmas carols to patients Tuesday.
"Their high school choir is going to come and they’re going to spread some holiday cheer and visit with patients," Evan Sheaff with the hospital, said. "They’re going to be caroling all throughout the hospital today."
Their goal? To help bring Christmas to those stuck in the hospital for the holidays.
"There’s some people that don’t always have visitors," Malcolm senior, Piper Hoover, said, "and just to hear those joyful Christmas songs, just us even walking around even if they don’t get to see us we know we’re making a difference with that."
The hospital says the singing can actually help patients heal by bringing them rest and happiness.
"When you’re in the hospital it can be a tough time. Patients are healing, and really trying to recover and find peace and happiness," Sheaff said. "And one of the things these carolers can do is when they come in they can spread some joy and lighten to the mood and make healing easier."
They sang the classics. "Joy to the World", "Away in a Manger", and the "Carol of the Bells."
"Music is one of the things that can really get people’s emotions going and when they’re here at the hospital they might be having a really hard time, and maybe loved ones died and they’re sick or they’re sad," said Malcolm senior Jacob Garrison. "We come and bring them joy through their singing and can maybe brighten their day."
One woman, Eva Flores, just gave birth to her first baby, a little boy named Theo. She said she had been in the hospital for a day and a half, and the carolers were a welcome change.
"It’s really nice, I think, especially in an environment with babies," she said. "It’s really uplifting and heartwarming for a newborn to be hearing noises like that."
This is the 10th year Malcolm has come to carol. Despite being a small school, they have 67 kids in their choir.