To help uplift the facility's residents' spirits, Penny Lore, Executive Director of Parsonage Cottage Senior Residence, has announced the "To My Valentine" Project, requesting Valentine's Day cards for the residents.
Older adults need to stay connected to friends and family, but the residents at Parsonage Cottage, a division of Greenwich communities, don't have in-person face-to-face contact with their loved ones. In the spring, a technology drive by the Parsonage Cottage Fundraising and Junior Advisory Boards resulted in 30 donated iPads, which has definitely helped residents stay connected. But, Lore would like to make this upcoming holiday special for Parsonage residents.
"This past year has been a challenging time for everyone, but it has been especially difficult for those who live in senior homes like
Parsonage," said Lore. "For their own safety, the residents have had minimal contact with their families and friends, which has unfortunately left many of them feeling isolated and alone."
Lore's thought behind this event was to send a little love to the Parsonage residents and a reminder that they always have support and
love, especially during such a sweet holiday. Lore is encouraging community members, schools, churches, etc., to write Valentine's Day cards that can be dropped off or mailed to Parsonage Cottage and will be given to the residents on Sunday, February 14.
"Sending cards to our residents will go a long way considering everything that they have had to go through because of COVID-19," said
Lore. "Physical isolation is essential for public health right now, but our elders deserve to feel supported, too. We'd love it if you'd
write a handwritten card so we can ensure that they know that people care and are thinking about them and that they are not alone."
The collection of Valentine's Day cards will run through Wednesday, February 10. Those wishing to participate will have the option to
either mail their card by February 8 to "To My Valentine," 88 Parsonage Road, Greenwich, CT 06830, or drop them off in the
collection box on the front porch. For those choosing in-person delivery, please remember to maintain social distancing and to wear a
Contributed photo: Parsonage Cottage Senior Resident Katherine
About Parsonage Cottage Senior Residence:
Parsonage Cottage Senior Residence is an affordable home for our own Greenwich older adults to be able to age in place, near friends and
family, remaining in the town they call home. Quality of life and health is so much better when we are in familiar surroundings,
allowing for peace of mind for our residents, as well as their family members, who can visit more often.