Messages of Hope and Kindness
To help combat loneliness and isolation during the winter holidays, the Halton Hills Public Library (Georgetown Branch) in partnership with Community Development Halton’s Age-Friendly Program and Food For Life has launched a Library Care Letter Writing Campaign in December 2020.
Over 300 holiday cards with messages of hope and kindness created by students from Stewarttown Middle School in Halton Hills, were received by Community Development Halton (CDH). Cards, written messages, and calendars were inserted into the Good Food Bags, provided by Food for Life, and distributed throughout the winter to older adults who live alone, across Halton region. CDH works in collaboration with Food for Life to provide outreach to isolated seniors in Halton.
The library encouraged residents of all ages to share stories, illustrations, words of encouragement or any other positive message, collected letters, cards, artwork and poetry for older adults to help brighten their day. Also, several knitted lap blankets were donated by library patrons which were delivered to seniors in need in Halton Hills.
The Red Leaf Integration organization in Burlington who provides support for Chinese seniors, have a knitting group, and donated several lap blankets for other seniors who live alone and asked CDH to distribute them where needed.
Feedback from one senior who received a holiday card from a student, stated “I was so touched when I received my card, it made me cry.”