Lauren, Ashleigh and Christian Conner are young NYC siblings who have been studying classic music since they were toddlers.
The trio of violinists and cellist siblings are now using their extraordinary gift to help the homeless community of NYC.
But when they moved to New York from New Jersey last year and saw the number of homeless people in the city’s streets, they realized they had a heart for much more.
“I saw [the homeless people] on the street and I felt sad for them,” Christian, 9, tells PEOPLE.
The three moved from Sussex County in October with their parents, Zenobia and Keith Conner. Zenobia says that from the moment the family got to the city, Christian wanted to help.
She tells PEOPLE that the young cellist would repeatedly ask her for money to give to the less fortunate and, after awhile, she said, “If you want to give some money to the homeless, then go out there and play your cello.”
And play he did. Christian and his sisters, 10-year-old Ashleigh and 11-year-old Lauren (both violinists), decided to take to the Fulton Street subway station to play music with hopes of raising enough money to give to the less fortunate.
So far, the musicians have raised nearly $500, Zenobia tells PEOPLE. The kids plan to give the money to the homeless once they raise a large amount. But Ashleigh says that her little brother is eager to help out as soon as he can.
When they aren’t busy wowing commuters in the subway, the three siblings, who also play classical music for sick children at Columbia Presbyterian Children’s Hospital, are pretty much like any other children. When they’re not playing music, they enjoy writing, reading and watching movies.