Nonprofit starts campaign to send ‘love letters’ to seniors stuck in isolation

KNWA

Something as simple as an encouraging word can go a long way.

SILOAM SPRINGS, Ark. (KNWA/KFTA) — A local nonprofit is trying to spread joy to nursing homes across Northwest Arkansas, while residents are stuck in isolation.

Loneliness is a killer.

WAYNE THOMAS, KIND AT HEART MINISTRIES DIRECTOR

Due to the coronavirus pandemic, nursing homes are closed off to visitors — causing many residents in our area to feel extremely lonely.

If we can take this time of crisis and reach out to our elderly and really make them feel special, it’d be awesome.

WAYNE THOMAS, KIND AT HEART MINISTRIES DIRECTOR

Kind at Heart Ministries, a nonprofit dedicated to helping seniors, recently kicked off a letter campaign.

“We are excited about what that might do because we know that they are lonely at times and they need to know they are loved,” Kind at Heart Ministries Founder and Director Wayne Thomas said.

Thomas said the nonprofit is trying to get the community to help send 1,000 love letters to seniors who haven’t had any in-person visitors in weeks.

“Just lift them up, encourage them, and tell them they are not alone,” he said. “That would be a great project for even someone who’s lonely themself.”

All of this is a group effort.

DONATED CARD STOCK FROM DAYSPRING CHRISTIAN RESOURCE COMPANY

Dayspring Christian Resource Company Brand Director Kim Marquette said her organization donated 100 boxes of card stock to Kind at Heart Ministries to give to families who wish to join in the card-making.

“I think that written word is important for everyone right now because lots of us are quarantined and so we are maybe feeling a little bit of what our seniors feel most of the time,” Marquette said.

To help stop the spread of germs through this process, all of the cards sent are baked in an oven.

“We’ve been asked by the nursing homes to kind of heat up the cards,” Thomas said. “We take them on a schedule, heat them up, and then let them sit for at least 72 hours, and then we take them directly to the nursing homes.”

In times of uncertainly like this, Thomas said he hopes we can all learn to lean on each other.

“Remember you’re not alone and a great project for you is to encourage somebody else,” he said.

If you would like to participate, click here — or do any of the options below.

Aside from this project, Kind at Heart Ministries and Dayspring offer additional resources.

For more information about what Kind at Heart Ministries offers, click here.

For more information about what Dayspring offers, click here.

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