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Singer rents cherry picker to serenade seniors on Memorial Day Weekend


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That’s one way to lift their spirits.

A Chicago-area singer posted video of herself using a cherry picker to serenade nursing home residents with patriotic tunes over Memorial Day weekend.

Video posted on Twitter Sunday shows Colette Hawley belting out “Tooty Fruity” from a moving bucket truck outfitted with American flags outside the Chicago Methodist Senior Services on the city’s north side.

Hawley, who has been singing for seniors over the last five years, said she’s been offering free concerts to the elderly as they remain confined inside their hard-hit care facilities during the virus outbreak.

“Once lockdown happened and I knew what the restrictions were and how severe they were, I said, ‘there’s got to be a way to still sing to them,’ ” she told The Post.

So she bought wireless speakers and a microphone — and then decided to take her act to new heights with the help of a rented cherry picker.

Hawley, who lived in New York for 18 years before moving back home to Chicago, said singing to the elderly during this time has brought her purpose and fulfillment.

She thought it especially important to honor nursing home residents as Memorial Day approaches.

“It’s such an important sort of solemn, respectful day for them and I think they miss not being able to connect on a day like today,” Hawley said.

“I thought they really need something on this day, and to know we haven’t forgotten them and aren’t just going to blow past them on this important day.”

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