Pay It Forward
'Tis the season to be giving. My cousin shared with me recently that she had her coffee paid for twice in the past week when going through the drive-thru at a Starbucks. I feel that we could all pay it forward in non-monetary ways to our fellow co-workers and residents.
Less than a year ago, Gary Gamponia and his benevolent bandmates broke onto the national scene with a McKnight's blog entry about the way they play concerts at nursing homes for free. Boy, is it time for an update.
Nursing home residents — especially long-term residents — deserve to have the best entertainment that money can buy. Gary Gamponia, the director of the Los Angeles-based Pay It Forward jazz band, has started to make it happen — for free. Next stop: Every major city in America.