Damian Cremisio


http://holidayexpress.org/ On Thanksgiving Eve, 1993, as restaurateur and musician Tim McLoone prepared for yet another holiday surrounded by loving family and friends, he felt a strong sense of gratitude... but also a nagging sense that he should do something to bring this warmth to others less fortunate.
He turned to his network of musician friends with the idea of bringing the healing power of music to people whose lives needed an injection of happiness. By that December, his small band of troubadours and other volunteers put on parties for AIDS patients, the developmentally disabled, the isolated elderly and disadvantaged children. At the end of the first season, Tim's makeshift group of merry-makers performed for more than 6,000 people in 10 different venues. After the tinsel and jingle bells were put into storage, Tim and his friends could not easily put aside the emotions brought on by seeing so many people in such difficult circumstances. The group knew that they had to keep the momentum going. They dubbed themselves Holiday Express, and, in 1994, received approval to operate as a non-profit, non-sectarian organization.  Click on the link to read the rest of the story and also find out more about this amazing, life changing organization.

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