Gelder's "Holiday Magic" CD brings smiles to hospitalized kids
Six holiday seasons ago, we wrote about Jeff Gelder's "Holiday Magic" CD series.
The San Diego-based Gelder, an on-air radio personality and voiceover pro, has been writing, recording and producing "Holiday Magic" for more than a decade now, benefiting Children's Hospitals around the country.
This year's installment of songs and stories is the 11th in the series. More than 7,000 copies will go to hospitals across the nation and in London and Singapore to help brighten the holidays of children who will spend the season in the hospital.
In 2006, we hooked up Gelder with Children's in Milwaukee and each year he's sent more and more CDs here.
Recently, Gelder e-mailed to tell us that 150 CDs are headed to Children's Hospital of Wisconsin this year.
In addition to organizing all of the donated talent and doing the production work, Gelder raises funds to get the CDs into the hands of those kids.
"Our goal is to brighten the season for families who are spending the holidays in children's hospitals," said Gelder. "This is a labor of love that is received with much joy by children who are unfortunately spending the holiday season in a hospital setting."
Past talent has included Broadway actress and singer Ashley Fox-Linton, renowned Hollywood voice-over talent Marc Graue, award-winning actress and singer Nichelle Nichols (who portrayed Lt. Uhura on television's "Star Trek") and her sister, actress Marian Michaels.
The CD streams online in its entirety every Sunday night in December on RadioFreeJMT.com.
Buy a copy for $15 and the proceeds underwrite the cost of creating the CD and donating them to hospitals. The more CDs sold, the more kids that can get one for free.
Gelder also accepts submissions for future CDs and is always seeking donations and volunteer talent.
If you'd like to learn more about the CDs and Gelders's work, visit HolidayMagicCD.com, where you can also click on "Make a Donation" or buy a CD to get involved.
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