Here’s some good news to make you smile, right in time for the holidays.
A choir comprised of men from Atlanta’s Central Night Shelter are making their way to the nation’s capital in December to perform at the White House Open House Holiday Celebration, the Huffington Post reports. The Atlanta’s Homeward Choir — which was founded three years ago as “a group of men who get together to sing, make music and come in out of the cold,” founder Donal Noonan told the Post — owe the visit to a joke he made after the choir completed their last season, the Post writes.
“A friend congratulated me and asked how I was going to top that,” he said. “I responded jokingly next stop the White House and … that planted a seed.”
And, if the invitation is any indication, the power of speech made it happen.
Noonan made some calls to a friend who had worked in the government, but didn’t hear back for a while. Then, a few weeks ago, the director and his chorus got a call asking if Homeward Choir was available to perform at the White House in December.
“It was a mixed reaction,” Noonan said of the news. “All positive but one of the questions was, ‘why us?’ To which my response was, ‘why not us?’”
Noonan, who told the news site that the choir is “delighted and honored,” also said that the plan to travel from Atlanta to Washington D.C. is a bit overwhelming. The members, who are now seeking donations to help with their travel costs, have set up a page on its website for anyone who wants to assist in their journey.
The $25,000 the team will need will go towards clothing, shelter, transportation and an orchestra, the Post reports. So far, the members have raised a little over $5,000 and Southwest Airlines announced they will provide complimentary round trip tickets for the choir.
“We still have a ways to go, but we are very confident,” Noonan said. “To be welcomed in the front door as opposed to the back door is a huge deal. It’s an affirmation of worth. You might be in this position right now, but you are still someone and being invited to the White House in an immense honor. Plus, it’s going to be a ton of fun!”
You can donate a gift to the Atlanta’s Homeward Choir or find more on the members here.
SOURCE: Huffington Post | PHOTO CREDIT: 11Alive