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You're never too old for a garden serenade.

Being married for 67 years is quite a feat. Most Americans don't live long enough to be married that long, much less actually manage to stay married to the same person for nearly seven decades.

But lifelong relationships do happen, and one sweet couple celebrating their 67th wedding anniversary got a heartwarming surprise from their kids that's bringing people to tears.

Musician Daniel Morris posted a video on TikTok of an older couple in front of their house, the wife sitting in a chair and her husband standing beside her. Morris is playing "I Can't Help Falling in Love With You" on the violin from a safe social distance in their yard.


"I started doing this for people when everything went down because of the pandemic," Morris wrote in the video caption. "It has honestly changed my life watching music touch lives like this."

The woman becomes clearly emotional as she puts her hand over her face and wipes her eyes as he plays.

"It is this couple's 67th anniversary. Their kids from out of state sent me to play for them," Morris wrote. "They are almost 90 and she used to play the violin. He would take her to practice and sit in the audience to listen and wait for her.

"What a true love story," he added.

Morris chats with the couple a bit, then plays "Amazing Grace."

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Music heals the heart❤️#wedding #lovestory #truelove #foryoupage #boostofhope #violinist

"Music truly heals hearts," he wrote. Indeed it does.

Upworthy shared the video on our Instagram page, and the comments show how moved people were by it.

"Beautiful ❤️ Let us not forget that there is still a lot of kindness in the world," wrote one person.

"This is so beautiful. Music is the language of Love," wrote another.

"Can y’all stop cutting onions in here!" wrote another. "I’m not crying. You’re crying."

"I’m a total cold-hearted a**hole and even I shed some tears," wrote another.

What a lovely tribute to long-time love, and what a wonderful gift for a couple who has seen and experienced so much. Thank you, Daniel Morris, for sharing the love with all of us.

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We can all be part of the giving movement

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We all know that small acts of kindness can turn into something big, but does that apply to something as small as a pair of socks?

Yes, it turns out. More than you might think.

A fresh pair of socks is a simple comfort easily taken for granted for most, but for individuals experiencing homelessness—they are a rare commodity. Currently, more than 500,000 people in the U.S. are experiencing homelessness on any given night. Being unstably housed—whether that’s couch surfing, living on the streets, or somewhere in between—often means rarely taking your shoes off, walking for most if not all of the day, and having little access to laundry facilities. And since shelters are not able to provide pre-worn socks due to hygienic reasons, that very basic need is still not met, even if some help is provided. That’s why socks are the #1 most requested clothing item in shelters.

homelessness, bombasSocks are a simple comfort not everyone has access to

When the founders of Bombas, Dave Heath and Randy Goldberg, discovered this problem, they decided to be part of the solution. Using a One Purchased = One Donated business model, Bombas helps provide not only durable, high-quality socks, but also t-shirts and underwear (the top three most requested clothing items in shelters) to those in need nationwide. These meticulously designed donation products include added features intended to offer comfort, quality, and dignity to those experiencing homelessness.

Over the years, Bombas' mission has grown into an enormous movement, with more than 75 million items donated to date and a focus on providing support and visibility to the organizations and people that empower these donations. These are the incredible individuals who are doing the hard work to support those experiencing —or at risk of—homelessness in their communities every day.

Folks like Shirley Raines, creator of Beauty 2 The Streetz. Every Saturday, Raines and her team help those experiencing homelessness on Skid Row in Los Angeles “feel human” with free makeovers, haircuts, food, gift bags and (thanks to Bombas) fresh socks. 500 pairs, every week.

beauty 2 the streetz, skid row laRaines is out there helping people feel their beautiful best

Or Director of Step Forward David Pinson in Cincinnati, Ohio, who offers Bombas donations to those trying to recover from addiction. Launched in 2009, the Step Forward program encourages participation in community walking/running events in order to build confidence and discipline—two major keys to successful rehabilitation. For each marathon, runners are outfitted with special shirts, shoes—and yes, socks—to help make their goals more achievable.

step forward, helping homelessness, homeless non profitsRunning helps instill a sense of confidence and discipline—two key components of successful recovery

Help even reaches the Front Street Clinic of Juneau, Alaska, where Casey Ploof, APRN, and David Norris, RN give out free healthcare to those experiencing homelessness. Because it rains nearly 200 days a year there, it can be very common for people to get trench foot—a very serious condition that, when left untreated, can require amputation. Casey and Dave can help treat trench foot, but without fresh, clean socks, the condition returns. Luckily, their supply is abundant thanks to Bombas. As Casey shared, “people will walk across town and then walk from the valley just to come here to get more socks.”

step forward clinic, step forward alaska, homelessness alaskaWelcome to wild, beautiful and wet Alaska!

The Bombas Impact Report provides details on Bombas’s mission and is full of similar inspiring stories that show how the biggest acts of kindness can come from even the smallest packages. Since its inception in 2013, the company has built a network of over 3,500 Giving Partners in all 50 states, including shelters, nonprofits and community organizations dedicated to supporting our neighbors who are experiencing- or at risk- of homelessness.

Their success has proven that, yes, a simple pair of socks can be a helping hand, an important conversation starter and a link to humanity.

You can also be a part of the solution. Learn more and find the complete Bombas Impact Report by clicking here.

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This article originally appeared on 07.10.21


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