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WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — The Cape Fear Chordsmen are spreading the love on Valentine’s Day, surprising some special people with love songs.

“We’re going to go out and deliver love songs to people’s sweeties,” Chordsmen Jim Bader said. “We are a non-profit, and what we’re doing is a fundraiser, $40. We’ll go out and find anybody’s sweetie anywhere in the Wilmington and actually Southport area.”

Along with 80 paid love song deliveries, the quartets also visit hospitals, nursing homes and assisted living facilities to serenade the residents.

“The residents love it,” Bader said. “They want to hear more songs. We sing one or two. They want to hear about a half an hour to 45 minutes.”

They say it’s important to spread songs of love and joy to those who may not have that special someone in their lives. And they don’t limit the love to Valentine’s Day.

“So what we also do is, the chorus here in town, we go out and we augment with a program where we go sing about once a month to one of these facilities and put on a half an hour to 45-minute show for the residents for free just so we can go out and do a community service for them,” Bader said.

Singer Don Dobson says the reactions he gets from recipients are well worth it.

“We’ve had tears, we’ve had laughter,” Dobson said. “We’ve had people who were nervous and didn’t know what to do. But in the final analysis, they’ve enjoyed the gift of music from whoever it is that got in touch with us.”

And after 20 plus years of being in the business, Dobson says he does it simply because he loves it.

“It comes from the heart,” he said. “How do you define it? I don’t know how you define it. We just love to sing.”


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