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Giving a gift of music

Staff Photo: Lee Depkin

A group of area students dressed as Santa's little helpers sang Christmas carols for area residents of nursing homes and care facilities last week. Right, they share their musical cheer at Westbury Health and Rehabilitation Center. The performers were, from left to right, Megan Elrod, 13, Karleigh Rutledge, 11, Samantha Wheeler, 13, and Riley Shubert, 5. Even Kamper, the dog, was moved by the spirit of Christmas and lent his voice to the performance. Neil Young and friends have been spreading Christmas cheer through organizing the annual performances for 13 years.