One of the first things I did after joining Lite Rock during the holiday season of 2004 was to organize a group of listeners and friends to visit South Jersey hospitals and sing Christmas carols.

Over the past nine years, many different people have helped and a number have returned year after year. Some who attended were wonderful singers, some were awful – I would put myself closer to the second category than the first- but I think all would agree that it is a deeply satisfying experience!

Being hospitalized during the holidays seems like a very sad and lonely time and the impact of a group of smiling, happy visitors singing a few carols is obvious. It is a relatively small but powerful act. And for the completely selfish reason that it makes me really feel the spirit and joy of Christmastime; it’s a favorite time of mine each holiday.

This year’s Lite Rock Christmas Caroling Hospital tour is Wednesday, December 18, with a stop at Shore Medical Center at 4p.m. and at AtlantiCare Mainland in Pomona at 5:30p.m. All are welcome to join us and no special musical talent or training is necessary, but it’s great if you have some!

If you are available Wednesday, December 18th from 4-6pm and you are interested in joining us to sing at the hospitals, please send me an e-mail by e-mailing  me at and Include your name and phone number. Or call 609-645-9797 during Monday thru Friday business hours.and one of the Lite Rock Elves will contact you.