Monday, August 1, 2016
This post is about a 16-year-old teenager named Jacob with a big heart and a great idea to help lonely nursing home residents and other seniors. Let him tell you about it:
"While volunteering at my local nursing home, I saw many seniors experiencing loneliness and isolation. It was heartbreaking. I needed to change this, so I started to write anonymous letters of kindness. They were so well received that I decided to create website and social media platforms to get the word out about my cause.
"Now, three years later, the global nonprofit I created has impacted tens of thousands of seniors and has inspired people from over 50 countries and 6 continents. I expanded its website, Love for the Elderly.org, beyond anonymous letters to include a Senior Buddy pen-pal program, a Social Impact program, and more! Our newest program, SunshineBox, will launch this August to distribute gift boxes. These will be filled with fun things, like smiley face stress balls, neon yellow sunglasses, and similar items to put smiles on the recipients' faces!
"Our goal is to spread love to a group of people who are so deserving and precious in their final stage of life. If you'd like to help us to bring sunshine into their lives, visit youcaring.com/elderly this August. Make a difference!"
If the next generation of kids has Jacob's compassion, initiative and caring spirit, we can feel good about the future of our Country. Don't you agree?
Robert Tell, Author