77 years old who went viral for singing at Goodwill hopes to continue to bring smiles
HAMILTON, Ohio – A local woman is making waves online for her impromptu singing, but those who know her best say she’s doing more than entertaining.
Deanna Garvin, 77, said she loves to sing at nursing homes. After her karaoke machine breaks, she wanders into the Hamilton Goodwill Store and finds herself a replacement.
As she began to sing inside the store, stranger John Schuerfranz stopped and recorded her.
“I heard this woman sing and I thought, ‘I have to see what’s going on,” Schuerfranz said. “So I took my phone and started recording it because I thought, ‘I have to share this with the world because this woman is an angel right here with her voice. .'”
More than 35,000 people watched Schuerfranz’s Facebook video singing Garvin, “He’s Got the Whole World in his Hands.”
“I love that song,” said Garvin. “I love it. I sing it to the kids. I love that song. I love to sing, even though I can’t sing!”
Television stations around the country shared the clip and Garvin went viral.
“I have never cared so much in my life,” says Garvin. “I’ll probably get used to this after a while!”
Garvin’s family said they don’t know how she got so much energy, but “if we can find it, we’ll bottle it.”
For now, they and the rest of the interest are just enjoying it.
Garvin says she has the machine she found at Goodwill – and she doesn’t even have to pay for it.
“A woman bought it for me,” said Garvin.
She says she loves making people happy and hopes to return to local nursing homes and sing to them.
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