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Young Butterflies Cheer Elderly (UMTV)

Young Butterflies Cheer Elderly (UMTV)


(Girls singing) [narrator] These butterflies
make spirits soar. [Ida Covington] I
really enjoy them. [Amaya Flowers] I love
being a Butterfly. [narrator] The Butterflies
are young girls from Saint Peter United
Methodist Church in Hamlet, North Carolina. Several times a month, they
call on those who are ill, in nursing homes, or
just feeling blue. Eighty-eight-year-old
Ethel Roary looks
forward to the visits. [Ethel Roary] Makes
me feel real good. Even feel much younger. [narrator] The girls hand out
cards and gifts, lead prayer… [group] Amen ♪ (music) ♪ [narrator] …and show
off their dancing. Pastor Angelo Troy
recalls a recent visit. [Angelo Troy] I had
a relative to die. The Butterflies came
over. They sang a song and had a prayer and that
uplifted me so much. [narrator] Ten-year-old Briana
Allen says the group’s name has a special meaning. [Briana Allen] In my classroom
while we were talking about the metamorphosis of a butterfly for
science, something just popped up and it said, “That could
be a name of the group.” [narrator] Program founder
Betty Ewing witnesses the transformation. Girls bond with their elders
and look to them for guidance. [Betty Ewing] Lot of them hey’ll
sit down and they’ll talk to the girls: “Respect
your aunt,” you know. Do the right things Don’t
hang with the bad crowd. [narrator] There are seven
butterflies, ages six to 12. Amaya Flowers says they’re
often invited back for
repeat performances. [Amaya Flowers] Some of them
said that, “Could you come another day and
come see us again, because your voices sound good.” [Angelo Troy] I think they’ll
look back on this in their life and this will be an important
part of their life that they will never forget.

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