25 years ago, Tim McLoone realized a whole population was forgotten at the holidays. He knew jumping in a car and driving to a concert or holiday party was not an option for people in residential group homes, state developmental centers, special schools, hospitals and homeless shelters; it was up to him to bring the party to them.
So, he gathered together a group of his fellow musicians and friends to create Holiday Express.
At Holiday Express our programs use the healing power of music and friendship to improve the quality of life for those who need it most: the mental and physical challenged, veterans, the isolated, the hungry, and children with serious illnesses. In 2017, Holiday Express will visit 100 organizations, bringing hope and joy to 27,000 people.
Each of the people we visit has their own unique story. A parent of one of our guests, Barbara Falotico, recently shared how important Holiday Express visits are to her and her son Stephan. “I have a son with a disability who uses a wheelchair. It’s not easy to just hop in a car and take him out to places. Holiday Express coming to see him and his classmates at their school is a gift.” Watch the video to hear more from Barbara and other Holiday Express guests.
We could not deliver the gift of human kindness without you, our donors!
As we celebrate our 25th anniversary in 2017, we continue to be amazed, grateful and humbled by the fans and financial supporters who allow us to pass along the gifts of music, friendship, and hope to those who need it most.
For example, did you know your gift of …
- $500 buys 50 veterans warm hat, gloves, socks, wash cloth, soap, deodorant, shampoo to help them stay clean and warm long after the band has left?
- Or that $100 buys a classroom of children at a specialize hospital the joy of live music in a safe setting?
- Or that $50 buys a family in a homeless shelter the feeling of home with a warm meal, a visit from Santa and a gift of essential items?
The holidays are not so much about opening presents, as opening our hearts. Please open your heart and become part of the Holiday Express family this season, as we continue to bring hope to those who need it most.