There’s a lot to see in the bizarre streets of New York City, but it’s not often you walk through a subway station and see a group of three pre-teens equipped with a cello, two violins, note sheet stands, note sheets and playing classical music to raise money for the homeless.
When Zenobia and Keith Conner moved their family from New Jersey to New York in October, their 9-year-old son Christian Conner was stunned by the amount of homelessness populating New York City streets.
“I saw [the homeless people] on the street and I felt sad for them,” Christian told PEOPLE.
After asking his mother for money to help them, Zenobia finally said to her son, “if you want to give some money to the homeless, then go out there and play your cello.”
The enthusiastic young cello player enlisted his two older sisters, Lauren, 11, and Ashleigh, 10, (both violinists) to play Beethoven, Bach and Karl Jenkins for commuters at the Fulton street subway station in lower Manhattan.
So far the Conner siblings have raised approximately $500 and plan to put their earnings toward money for the underprivileged as well as a computer for the family. Once school is back in session, the Conner siblings will continue to play on the weekends. For Halloween, they plan to trick-or-treat for UNICEF and on a regular basis, they also play classical music for sick children at the Columbian Presbyterian Children’s Hospital.
Watch the video above to get all the feels.