ELMA, N.Y. (WIVB) – An Elma woman is giving back this holiday season through the gift of her voice. She’s raising money for the Wounded Warrior Project in a unique way.
Cecilia Rowell, 75, has handed Christmas CD’s out across her area. She says she sings to honor her late- husband, who she says is her hero.
Rowell and her husband, Paul, got together right after the blizzard of 1977. For decades they were best friends. Paul, a Korean War veteran died last year.
She said, “I just miss him being here. He was just such a sweet man. I was very lonely, depressed, I guess you would say.”
It was music that finally lifted Rowell out of that depression and helped her heal. She said, “When you sing, it makes you feel happy. I know my husband wouldn’t want me to be moping around all the time.”
So she joined a Grand Island band to “jam out” as she says. It’s that same band that helped her record a Christmas CD.
One thousand CDs have been put in mailboxes across the area. Written on them, she encourages people to donate to The Wounded Warrior Project.
She said, “It’s something very close to my heart, and I feel very strongly towards our vets and especially the ones that are injured.”
Inspired by her late husband, Rowell says it is her patriotic duty to take care of those who serve. She said, “I just love my country, I love it here. I think too many people take all of these beautiful things we have for granted.”
And she thinks her own veteran would be proud of her. “I think he would absolutely love what I am doing,” she said.
If you’d like a C.D, Rowell has a Go-Fund-Me page set up for her fundraiser. All proceeds will be donated to the National Wounded Warrior project. She’s encouraging a $5 dollar donation.
You can find a link to the page here.