‘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.