Two Social Workers from Royal Inland Hospital (RIH), Carla Williams and Brenda Tynan, have helped the community shed some light on the reality of increased loneliness among seniors due to COVID-19 over the holiday season.
Before the holidays, they reached out to School District 73 and offered an opportunity for children and youth to do something for elders in the community: let the know – you are not alone.
The response was overwhelming and the week before Christmas, they delivered messages to 1300 seniors in long-term care across Kamloops, Clearwater, Barriere, and Merritt.
Messages like these:
“I miss my loved ones too that I can’t see. But I am here for you.”
“I would give you the biggest hug if I could.”
“We care about you, we’re thinking about you all the time, and we are missing you.”
Read more about this project and the amazing messages from our youth on the School District 73 website.