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Valley Christmas carolers ‘give back’ to seniors one note at a time

Dylan Busse may not always sing on key but that doesn’t stop her from belting out Christmas carols for seniors and their caregivers each holiday season in the San Fernando Valley.

Holiday Caroling Festivities presents their ÒAnnual L.A. Holiday CarolingÓ event singing at the West Hills Health Rehabilitation Center in Canoga Park Sunday. More than 100 singers caroled at locations through out Canoga Park. ( Photo by David Crane, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)

Busse is one of more than 100 volunteers who take part in Holiday Caroling Festivities’ Annual L.A. Holiday Caroling, where people of all ages visit senior homes and rehabilitation centers in communities such as Canoga Park and West Hills to bring them some festive cheer.

“It’s very humbling for me,” Busse said Sunday by phone before an afternoon of caroling that started at the West Hills Health and Rehabilitation Center in Canoga Park. “This is my small way of maybe making someone else’s life a bit better.”

This is the 36th year that the Valley group has been singing Christmas carols and Hanukkah songs, said Busse, who does publicity for nonprofits.  It’s part of a nationwide initiative that has more than 800 volunteer carolers from coast to coast.

The Valley group has attracted a wide range of carolers, from professional opera singers and Grammy award winners, to wide-eyed Boy Scouts, to those — like Busse — who struggle to carry a tune, she said.

“We have all levels of singing,” Busse, of Calabasas, said good-naturedly.

But the gratitude shown by these seniors, who are often lonely this time of year, can make them all feel like stars.

“Our true calling in life is really what we can give back,’ Busse said.

Article source: http://www.dailynews.com/2017/12/03/valley-christmas-carolers-give-back-to-seniors-one-note-at-a-time/

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