Group offers opportunities to spread holiday cheer

Group offers opportunities to spread holiday cheer

The Christmas Carolers Choir, a group of Champaign-Urbana residents including musicians, will tour nursing homes and other facilities for the third consecutive holiday season.

From Monday through Friday, they will sing carols at facilities in Champaign, Urbana and Rantoul.

The musicians are volunteering their time and came up with the idea as a community service during the holiday season. They will sing 16 classic carols at five places, up from four last year.

They encourage residents to join them in caroling and provide copies of song lyrics so residents can sing along.

"We're like Santa's delivery elves, bringing songs and joy and receiving our pay in the form of smiles, laughter and wonderful memories," said Jim Bean, one of the musicians who organized the choir.

Anyone who wants to join the group may show up about 15 minutes before a scheduled performance. Lyrics will be provided. Carolers are asked to dress in festive clothing.

The itinerary:

— 6:30 p.m. Monday, Prairie Winds, 1905 S. Prairie Winds Drive, U.

— 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Heartland Health Care, 309 E. Springfield Ave., C.

— 6 p.m. Wednesday, Inman Place, 17 E. University Ave., C.

— 6 p.m. Thursday, Helia Health Care, 1915 S. Mattis Ave., C.

— 6:30 p.m. Friday, Prairie Village, 200 International Ave., Rantoul.

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