Ada musician spreads holiday cheer at nursing homes, veterans centers in southern Oklahoma

Published: Dec. 24, 2018 at 8:13 PM CST
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Ada-based country musician Bill Kelley of the Billy K Band wrapped up a five day stretch of performing and gift-giving over the weekend.

"We just try to bring a little bit of music and some gifts to the people, sometimes, we think get forgotten," Kelley said. "They get put here and some of them don't have family anymore, so that's what we're doing overall."

Kelley usually travels with his band throughout Oklahoma, Texas and Arkansas.

However, this time of year, he travels through southern Oklahoma to nursing homes and veterans centers, from Ardmore to Oklahoma City, bringing gifts of blankets, pillows and socks to residents.

He reached close to 1400 people this holiday season.

His time and gifts are all donated to the cause, with any money received going to more gifts for the residents.

He also gathers Christmas cards made by kids locally and out of state, some as far as California.

"So things are really cool to get these Christmas cards these kids made and we hand them out to these people here," Kelley said.

While Kelley plays Christmas, country and some original songs. volunteers hand out the gifts and visit with residents.

"They're out there having a good time...right now and we try to roll that over to the residents or the vets that we're seeing," Kelley said.

Nelda Burrows, a 4-H leader in Roff, has helped Kelly since he began this cause in 2012.

"At Roff Oktoberfest, he comes and does our sound, so we like turn around help him out too," Burrows said.

Burrows said the blessings go both ways when she serves the veterans and residents.

"To put the smile on their faces and to get to visit with them and tell them a merry Christmas has just been a great blessing," she said.

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