Alleghany Highlands Healthy Youth Coalition and Live Well Alleghany are collaborating to host a Kindness Card Campaign to promote mental wellness among the senior population as a part of its “Let’s Talk Alleghany” campaign.
The campaign has featured a series of interactive, community-building activities that everyone can all do to support each other. The Kindness Card Campaign will last one month and cards will be distributed to senior citizens in our area.
Due to COVID-19, senior citizens have been more isolated than ever, especially in long-term care or other residential facilities.
“Like so many people who have been distanced from family members during this pandemic, our residents miss their loved ones,” said Melinda Clifton, clinical liaison and marketing director for Alleghany Health and Rehab. “Even friendships made within the facility are not the same due to social distance requirements.”
The older adults at home in the community have also been isolated. “Many of our clients who are older adults have lost contact with the outside world due to COVID-19 and are feeling very isolated,” said Chrissy Hannabass, director of Community and Rural Based Services for the Local Office on Aging. “So encouragement cards to let them know they are not alone would be very appreciated.”
Community residents are asked to make a card that has a kind message or artwork so that senior citizens do not feel so alone. Make it colorful, encouraging, and inspirational. Please avoid business promotions, personal information, inappropriate language, and religious quotes or ideas.
You can drop your kindness card(s) off at the Alleghany Highlands Regional Library in the book drop box by Friday, Sept. 18. Please seal cards in a zip lock bag.
For more information, call Chelsea Dunaway at (540) 965-2100, Ext. 118.
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