Westover Retirement Community resident Phyllis Tuley, along with Community First Solutions employees Gareth Williams and Julie Kobel, were there on behalf of Meals on Wheels to accept the special delivery.
“I think this is just wonderful,” Tuley said. “It’s like receiving something from my great-grandchildren.”
“I’ve seen people cry when they get the cards,” Williams explained. “Many of the recipients do not have family near during the holidays. The cards act as a touching reminder that someone else cares.”
Koebel said the act of kindness from the young students leaves a long-lasting impression.
“Some love the cards so much they put them in plastic sleeves,” Koebel said. “I still see them hanging on refrigerators in July.”
Wright said the cards are one example of the year-long projects Colonial Schools does with the Westover Retirement Community for their inter-generational programming.
Students have “grandfriends” (older adults) and participate in a variety of activities such as coloring pictures, exercising together, putting on pet parades, and more.
“The meaningful interactions give children a positive outlook on aging and Westover residents a reason to smile,” Wright said.