INDIANAPOLIS (WTHR) - The Singing Contractors are truly an inspirational duo.
Five years ago, Aaron Gray and Josh Arnett were simply a couple of very nice housing contractors with very nice voices. Then someone posted a video on the internet of them singing while they were doing construction, and their lives changed forever.
Now, after multiple national TV appearances and a couple of successful gospel albums, the Singing Contractors are counting their blessing this Christmas season, spreading cheer to those who need it most: the kids at Riley Children's Hospital.
But before we go there, let's look back on their year. 2018 has been quite a time for the Singing Contractors.
They made a memorable appearance on WTHR's Sunrise. They took any and all requests from viewers, even singing the jingles from Kroger and Menard's.
Someone from the Indiana Pacers front office was watching Sunrise that morning, and the very next night, the Singing Contractors found themselves performing the National Anthem in front of thousands of Pacers fans at Banker's Life Fieldhouse. That was definitely a bucket-list night for the guys.
Yes, the lives of Aaron and Josh have definitely been blessed since they were discovered as an internet sensation a 3 years ago, singing in houses they were working on. Now, their gospel songs have been viewed more than 100 million times online.
So this Hoosier duo (who, yes, really are construction contractors) wanted to give back. And they did just that, visiting Riley Children's Hospital with dozens and dozens of presents.
The gifts given by the Singing Contractors were reviewed by a member of the child life staff prior to distribution. Normally, donated items may not be distributed to patients by the donor. All donations go through a screening process prior to being available for distribution, then Riley staff will distribute the donated items to patients. (For more information on this process, visit the Riley Cheer Guild website.
The Singing Contractors also sang amazing Christmas Carols to the kids, everything from Jingle Bells to Silent Night. They even had their own message of encouragement for the children.
"When I was a teenager, I actually had a hip disease, and I didn't know if I would ever walk again," Aaron revealed to the children, holding back tears. "I laid in a hospital bed, went through four hip surgeries. I know what you guys are going through. Keep encouraged, you guys are going to do great. And I love every one of you."
Before they left, the guys had one more "thank you" for one of the nicest hospital staffs around.
"We know that all you nurses work through the holidays, and we appreciate that," Josh said. "You all are missing your families while you are here, and that means a lot."
It's just another thankful day for a couple of guys who are counting their blessings.