COVID has changed the world. And it's only been recently that I have fully understood the impact of isolation, not just on myself, but on those most vulnerable - our seniors.
My 93 year-old mother recently went into a retirement community because of her failing health. If selling her home of 40 plus years and downsizing all her cherished possessions wasn't enough, the fear of COVID and the government lockdown orders, not allowing family into the community, was even more devastating.
One of the staff at her retirement home told me…
"...it isn't COVID killing our residents, it's the isolation."
My sister and I have tried our best to keep Mom's spirits up, so when her birthday rolled around I bought her a beautiful bouquet of flowers. Of course, under lockdown I had to wait at the door of the retirement community until I could get someone's attention. While I waited, a small group of ladies gathered on the other side of the glass admiring the floral arrangement. Then as quickly as they smiled, their hopeful faces turned away in disappointment, knowing that the flowers were not for them.
My heart broke that day. And I knew I had to do something. But I can't do it alone.
Roses for Residents will provide one rose (and an enclosed water vial) for each senior in a retirement community. The price of one rose and container is $5.00.
Will you help me bring roses to residents to brighten a day of isolation and loneliness?
One rose may not be able to save the world from COVID, but it will remind our beloved seniors that they have not been forgotten.
Please donate. No amount is too small.
Goal is 120 roses.
Thank you :)
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