The holidays are a time to celebrate our relationships with the people we love. And while that emphasis on togetherness is a good thing it can make people who don’t have anyone to celebrate with feel especially alone.
Instead of shrugging their shoulders at this hard truth a team at the BBC decided to do something about it, thereby making one elderly man’s holiday brighter than it had been in a very long time.
— BBC Breakfast (@BBCBreakfast) December 11, 2019
When the hosts of BBC Breakfast learned in an interview that a 78-year-old man named Terence had been alone during the holidays for the last 20 years, following the death of his mother, they turned out with a group of college students to serenade him with Christmas carols and even brought him a tree.
Terence was already set up to spend this Christmas with another retiree through a program he volunteers for but he was blown away by the strangers’ kindness and surprise visit.
Clearly overwhelmed, Terence is brought to tears by his young visitors, who, after setting up his tree with tinsel, surprise him again by singing him his favorite Christmas carol, “Silent Night.”
— BBC Breakfast (@BBCBreakfast) December 12, 2019
Loneliness is an emotion every human being can relate to and people were deeply moved by the video of Terence’s reaction. A holiday to remember, for everyone involved.
Crying my eyes out. Amazing.
— Adrian Fibbens (@Thefibbens) December 12, 2019
Touching act. Many thanks to Dan and crew for making this happen. I whish we all had the opportunity to do it to so many lonely people. Seeing this make me think there’s still hope.
— Mike Pop Rock (@MikePopRock) December 13, 2019
In a world of so much crap comes a few moments of joy. Well done to all involved. He will never forget this.
— The Rt Hon. Knight (@knight247) December 13, 2019
Happy he won’t be alone at Christmas. Well done, Oldham College! Perhaps some of the students could go back one day and share a mince pie and a coffee with him.
— Heidi4alps (@Heidi4alps) December 13, 2019
This is lovely. But please remember…there are many, many more like Terrance! Let’s get this love spread around to as many of those as possible ❤️x
— sharron claire best (@sharron333) December 13, 2019