3015 Richmond Ave., Suite 100
Houston, TX 77098
One way to get in caroling is to bring Christmas songs to those who are in nursing homes for the holidays. Volunteer Houston coordinates the nursing homes and it provides you with copies of carols, so you don’t have to argue about the lyrics. There are various facilities that volunteers visit through this program, and each visit lasts up to 90 minutes. You will be assigned a particular nursing home to visit when you meet at one of the three Volunteer Houston staging locations on Christmas Day at either 9:30 a.m. or 12 p.m. Sign up online at the Volunteer Houston’s Holiday Project site to be included in this free volunteering opportunity that allows you belt out your favorite Christmas carols.
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Texas Children’s Hospital
6621 Fannin St.
Houston, TX 77030
Texas Children’s Hospital is only one of the many area hospitals that welcome carolers during the holidays. It helps to brighten up the children who are inside the rooms during Christmastime. Please note that Texas Children’s Hospital will screen incoming visitors for the flu to keep the patients healthy. The West Tower at 6621 Fannin is where most of the inpatients stay at Texas Children’s. Visiting information for Texas Children’s Hospital can be found here.
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Methodist Hospital Houston
6565 Fannin St.
Houston, TX 77030
Houston has a world-famous medical center, and in addition to the Texas Children’s Hospital, you will also find venues like Methodist Hospital. The centralized location of so many hospitals means that you can spread more Christmas cheer through your carols without having to move your car all over town. If you want to visit Methodist Hospital this Christmas, visitation information can be found here. Regular visitation hours are from 8 a.m. until 9 p.m., but always check with the floor nurse to see if there are any particular patients who require quiet or privacy before you go on your caroling mission.
Memorial Hermann Southwest Hospital
7600 Beechnut St.
Houston, TX 77074
Another hospital in the Houston area that has welcomed carolers in the past is Memorial Hermann Southwest Hospital. This location is easier to reach from Sugar Land or other spots to the southwest side of town. Since the visiting hours change on a daily basis, call the hospital before you visit to be sure that you will come at a welcome time. The staff always appreciates the joy carolers bring almost as much as the patients do.
5500 Atascocita Road
Humble, TX 77346
AutumnGrove Cottage is an assisted living center that treats dementia and Alzheimer’s patients on the far northeast side of Houston in nearby Humble. This center welcomes all visitors with open arms, and many youth groups have visited the residents here in the past to sing Christmas carols. Be sure to phone before you visit the center to make sure that you are not interrupting another group’s Christmas celebration for the residents.
Crystal Hessong ia a freelance writer and a lifelong, fourth generation Houstonian. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.