Make A Senior Smile: Elderwerks Encourages People To Draw, Write Letters For Seniors In Nursing, Assisted Living Facilities

Senior Smiling

CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- A non-profit organization that helps senior citizens find needed services and housing is hoping to make some of their days a bit brighter by enlisting the help of young people.

With nursing facilities and senior assisted living facilities limiting the amount of outside contact seniors can have while society wrestles with the coronavirus, a group called Elderwerks wants to bring smiles to seniors who may feel isolated.

Elderwerks president Jennifer Prell encourages young people to color, draw or write letters that can be given to seniors. The new program is called: Make A Senior Smile.

"We hope all the kids out there that are bored, color. Why not? Share a little bit of happy and then we'll distribute that happy to the seniors, and hopefully, they can have some enjoyment in their day."

Prell said a staffer will handle everything that’s submitted.

"She’s distributing to senior communities throughout northern Illinois to ensure that some of the seniors get some happy delivered to them, because who doesn’t like happy?" she said.

Those letters and drawings may be sent to PO Box 92, Cary, Illinois 60013.