To reach out to those who are more confined at this time, members of the Rotary Club of Nashoba Valley sent cards and letters to the residents of the River Terrace Rehabilitation & Healthcare Center in Lancaster, MA for 50 weeks since June 2020. Every week, members sent hand-written messages, sharing their own pandemic activities, musings and stories, and notes of inspiration to the more than 65 residents who have been confined during the pandemic. Many of the messages included jokes, riddles, puzzles, and activities to help entertain the residents. The envelopes were sterilized before being given to the residents. In a note from the Diane Sevigney-Staples, Life Enrichment Director, "Thank you all so much for the letters and cards you have been sending to our residents and patients. It is much appreciated and thoughtful."
Additionally, the club sent cards and letters to the residents at the Bolton Country Manor, which offers supportive housing to residents in Bolton, MA. Many residents were trapped in isolation amid coronavirus. Cards and letters brightened their days! Now that Massachusetts has loosened restruction rules, it is time for the club to embrace in-person service projects!