Seth Elkins brightens the lives of residents at an Abington nursing home with his musical serenades.
Mitzvah Hero: Seth Elkins has more than a song in his heart — he has an urge to help the elderly feel upbeat about life.
What It’s All About: The 13-year-old Lafayette Hill resident spent months this past year performing as a volunteer pianist and singer for the residents of Brookside Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center in Abington, serenading residents on their birthdays and bringing them handcrafted birthday cards.
“That made their lives happier!” he says. “I did hiddur penei zaken,” which translates into “honoring the elderly.”
Elkins, a member of Beth Tikvah B’nai Jeshurun of Erdenheim, has also employed his musical talents to write the song "My Second Home" for Camp Ramah in the Poconos, which featured the tune on its website. Elkins is a four-time camper there.
Not a One-Time Thing: “I’ve also sung for a group of special needs kids every week at my school,” says the Colonial Middle School pupil, son of Rachel Korman and Adam Elkins and step-parents Kristine Elkins and Charlie Korman.
Good for Him: “I remember to be generous," which means "that people will be kind back to me,” Elkins reasons. “I think the mitzvahs I have done have given me a more optimistic viewpoint of the world.”