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“We’re here to show them a little love as well.”

Meghan Overdeep
May 3, 2018

Fleet Week Port Everglades brings a flurry of activity and thousands of new faces to the beautiful shores of southern Florida. For many Navy personnel, this annual gathering offers so much more than a break from the high seas—it’s an opportunity to give back to the community.

On Tuesday, WSVN 7News followed one kindhearted group of sailors as they visited Broward Health Salah Foundation Children’s Hospital in Fort Lauderdale, where they treated some young patients to a welcome dose of sunshine.

Their cameras captured U.S. Navy Musician 2nd Class James Choate singing “The Way You Make Me Feel” by Michael Jackson to a girl lying in a hospital bed while a group of his fellow sailors accompanied him on the guitar. That same day, The Sun-Sentinel caught the crew covering a selection of Top 40 hits.

“We’re here in the city, and people outside get to see us, and these children here don’t get to go outside, so we’re here to show them a little love as well,” Choate told WSVN.

We tip our hats to these gentelmen who serve and protect us out at sea and who choose to also serve some of the youngest Americans in need when they have a few days on dry land.