For the past five years, The Mustard Seed Project’s “Random Acts of Caroling” has been bringing in holiday cheer and much joy to Key Peninsula residents.
As the season of long nights begins, the group’s staff identify those who might benefit from a visit by a group of enthusiastic singers –– often elders who may have an extra burden of health issues or other challenges.
A group (numbers have varied from the early days with just four singers to more recently about a dozen) meets at the Key Center office. They carefully map a route that spans the entire length of the peninsula, and pack thermoses of coffee and cider to keep themselves fueled.
It’s a full day, starting before noon, said Edie Morgan, executive director of The Mustard Seed Project.
By dusk, about 15 homes have been visited.
“The biggest challenge is making sure people are home while retaining the element of surprise. Part of the fun is arriving when we were not expected,” Morgan said.
The singers are staff members, volunteers who work with The Mustard Seed Project, along with others who are in choirs or who just want to sing. Morgan said they have been accompanied by different instruments over the years too, but this year they hope to reprise last year’s performance with a ukulele.
“The experience brings tears to many eyes. I am next to certain it is tears of joy,” Morgan said with a smile.
Those interested in joining the caroling this year call The Mustard Seed at 884-9814.
The planned date is Saturday, Dec. 13. The van leaves at 11 a.m. and music sheets are provided.