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'Masquerade Brigade' helps elderly celebrate birthdays from a distance

Posted at 7:21 AM, Oct 06, 2020
and last updated 2020-10-06 10:21:51-04

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) -- A group of ladies in the North County are part of a nonprofit group that has focused on philanthropic projects for 20 years. Since April, however, six of the women in the group have been on a new mission.

"We all go in separate cars and are in a horseshoe line, and someone will ring the doorbell. When the person answers then we're in good shape to sing, ask them how they're doing and tell them we love them and care about them."

The group, who call themselves Masquerade Brigade, sing to those who are elderly and vulnerable to COVID-19 on their birthdays.

"Just the human connection means a lot to them and it makes them feel like they're not forgotten," said Sophia Bouvier, a member of the singing group.

The individuals they sing to are people who they volunteered with before we entered a COVID world.

"They've texted us after, 'I've been visited by the Masquerade Brigade. You can't believe how uplifting it is to see their faces and listen to their smiles as they sing,'" described Bouvier.

Their gift of singing, small gifts, and presence isn't something you can put a price tag on they said, "Kindness is free and it takes so little to make a big difference."

The group is out singing every Tuesday at 2:30 p.m., and have visited over 25 people since April.

"You can just tell how much this chant has meant to them, it's really beautiful."