Seventeen-year-old Boy Scout Daniel Hudgins of Winston-Salem, North Carolina held a donations drive in his community in March 2017. He asked friends and family to pass along any used iPod music players they no longer needed so that others could benefit from them.
“I love helping others in any way I can,” Daniel says. His Eagle Scout service project was to help seniors with dementia by giving them a music device.
“I was hoping for a few,” Daniel says. “But what I got was more than I expected.”
Instead of only receiving a few iPods to donate, Daniel was blown away by the generosity of others when he received 67 iPods — 40 of those were brand new iPod Shuffles. All of this was done in only three to four weeks!
Along with the music devices, Daniel also collected 11 headsets and almost $500 in iTunes gift cards all to go to the music and memory program at Williams Adult Day Center.
“Even if I don’t see the immediate impact, I always like knowing that what I did that day will make a difference,” Daniel says.
The impact Daniel is talking about is how music helps dementia patients “come back” for brief periods. “The music kind of brings them back,” says Mariah Adkins, music and memory coordinator at the center.
Footage provided courtesy of WGHP (FOX 8 Greensboro)