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The power of music is coming to local nursing homes

PARAGOULD, AR (KAIT) -

The power of music is coming to nursing homes in one Region 8 area.

Pay it Forward Paragould is collecting iPod, iTunes gift cards and headphones to donate to local nursing homes.

Dustin Rumsey with Pay it Forward Paragould said the idea came from a YouTube video showing an elderly man reacting to music from the era he grew up in.

Executive Director of Belle Meade Rehabilitation and Guest Care Facility Pam Diggs said music helps brighten her patients’ day.

She told Region 8 News one patient was very isolated until one day an Elvis impersonator came to the center. The patient quickly became more social, dancing and singing with other patients.

“It was just amazing," Diggs said. "The staff was all in tears and she just came to life that day all because of music."

She said some patients have CD players in their rooms, but it would be nice for more to have access to music on an iPod.  

The project will also include local students. Rumsey said they will be in charge of loading the iPod.

“When we get all the stuff we need we will give it to the students in the music and choir departments at Tech and Paragould,” Rumsey said. “They are actually going to be involved in the loading the music part of it.”

Rumsey said donation sites are still being determined, but he hopes the project will pick up this year.

People can also donate tax-deductible monetary donations to the organization's project if the do not have old iPods to donate. 

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