Seniors get special Valentine's cards from elementary students

Thursday, February 13, 2014 - 7:13pm

Many seniors around East Texas received a special surprise today from Elementary school students. The children crafted hand-made cards to ensure the assisted living residents still got love on Valentine's day.

For many seniors, Valentine's day can be a very hard time, so to receive even just a small gift from someone who cares, it means the world to them.

"We have some who have just lost a spouse, and many who are long time single," said Engage Life Director Susan Dodd. "They just need a little pick up, so to have the kids making these cards for them it makes them feel special."

"I think that's very special," said Atria Assisted Living Center resident Mary Sue Cole. "We had valentine's day cards last year and I save mine."

This is the first year Visiting Angels has put this together. They Delivered Supplies to five different elementary schools around Tyler, asked them to decorate Valentine's cards and will be delivering them Thursday and Friday.

"We're trying to teach the kids kindness and sharing by having them make cards for others and then we're trying to bring a little joy to the residents who might be alone on Valentine's day," said Patient Care Coordinator for Visiting Angels, Heather Welda.

The gesture put a smile on every face in Atria Assisted Living Center. For two days, visiting angels will bring cards to 15 different assisted living centers in Tyler, something they hope to continue for many years to come.

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