Send a letter, picture, card, or joke to a Champaign-Urbana area senior
Those looking to use their free time productively have another excellent outlet: Making cards, letters or other notes for people in senior living facilities.
Champaign-Urbana Nursing & Rehab, The Windsor of Savoy retirement community, and Clark Lindsey Village are among the organizations asking for notes, pictures, letters or anything else that might brighten the day of those who are at high risk due to the coronavirus. (During a short window of time — August 20 and 21 — you may also drop off cards for seniors at the offices of State Senator Scott Bennett.)
At most senior living facilities, visiting restrictions are in place. Activities and outings have been canceled while communal dining has been curtailed. At The Windsor of Savoy, according to officials, 200 residents in independent and assisted living are accustomed to regular programs and interactions. “They are truly missing social interactions and keeping busy,” one noted.
Therefore anyone can make a card, write a letter, send a joke, or draw a picture that can be a thoughtful part of a senior’s day.
Clark Lindsey is looking for musical performances, texts, and other digital communication. “Want to lift someone’s spirits? Our residents would love to see a picture you drew, a happy note, or short video clip of you or your kids singing or playing an instrument. You can send these items to us digitally and we will compile them in a video for all to enjoy! Send your cheer to firstname.lastname@example.org or text 217-714-6819.”
To send a note to Champaign-Urbana Nursing & Rehab, indicate on the back of the envelope if it is for a male or female resident and mail to: Champaign-Urbana Nursing & Rehab, Activities Department, 302 W. Burwash Ave., Savoy IL, 61874.
For The Windsor of Savoy, items can be dropped off at 401 Burwash Ave. in Savoy, or mailed to the same address (zip code 61874).
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