Siblings Filmed Playing Sweet Spontaneous Porch Concert for Elderly Neighbor in Self-Isolation

People around the world are finding more and more positive ways to help their neighbors during the COVID-19 outbreaks—from buying groceries for elderly people in self-isolation or sharing toilet paper with those in need.

So when these two young siblings from Columbus, Ohio heard that their 78-year-old neighbor Helena Schlam was self-isolating herself in her home last week, they knew they wanted to do something special for her.

After 9-year-old Taran Tien and and his 6-year-old sister Calliope made sure that Schlam was stocked up on groceries, they took it upon themselves to host a spontaneous concert for the senior on her front porch.

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Taran and Calliope donned their nicest concert clothes before carrying their cellos over to Schlam’s porch. For 30 minutes, the youngsters played everything from children’s tunes to Bach suites—all while maintaining a safe distance from Schlam’s front row seat 10 feet away.

“I haven’t been out of my house for five days, and I won’t be out anytime soon,” Schlam told The Columbus Dispatch. “This was a delightful break for all of us. I love all the kids and I love music. It was such a real gift.”

The children’s mother, Rebecca Tien, later told CNN that she couldn’t have been more proud of her kids for reaching out to their neighbor during such uncertain times.

“It was one of those moments where you feel like you’re a part of something incredible,” she said. “It was also a good way to remember the value of connection, especially at a time like this when everyone feels disconnected. Just to know we were a part of something so sweet, even just for a minute, meant a lot.”

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Jackie Borchardt, another local community member, captured a sweet video of the porch concert as she was passing by Schlam’s house. Since she published the footage to Twitter last week, it has been praised by several thousand social media viewers.

“This is what American values are all about!” wrote one Twitter user. “We help one another in crisis!”

This is just one of many positive stories and updates that are coming out of the COVID-19 news coverage this week. For more uplifting coverage on the outbreaks, click here.

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