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High school kid helping elderly at senior homes fight loneliness and isolation during coronavirus

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Nursing homes are limiting seniors' interaction within the building and visitors are also prohibited,resulting in loneliness.15 year old is sending packs containing hand written notes, puzzle book,coloring book,and colored pencils to cheer them up.

BERWYN, Pa. - eTradeWire -- Possible news story about a project that is being carried out by a high school sophomore from Pennsylvania to help nursing home residents during the coronavirus pandemic. Nursing homes throughout the United States are limiting seniors' interaction within the building and visitors are also prohibited, which is causing feelings of loneliness and isolation for many residents, so I am sending handwritten notes and packs containing a puzzle book, a coloring book, and colored pencils/crayons to cheer them up. I've already reached four local nursing homes and will be delivering more packs next weekend.

I am Hita Gupta, a 15-year-old sophomore at Conestoga High School, Berwyn, Pennsylvania, and founder of Brighten A Day, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit which aims to lift the spirits of those who are in need of some cheer by sending them love, hope, and joy through cards and gifts.

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My nonprofit has reached more than 2,000 kids and seniors in 35 hospitals and nursing homes in seven different states with handmade cards on holidays like Christmas and Valentine's Day. Brighten A Day (https://brightenaday.weebly.com), is dedicated to giving back to the most vulnerable groups in society. My current project is focused on helping the elderly during the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

I've been volunteering at a retirement home since freshman year, and my experiences with the residents there have been so fulfilling. It saddens me to think of how lonely or depressed many residents feel because they cannot see their loved ones. I have realized that during this uncertain time which is causing panic for many seniors, it's our responsibility to give back to them. That is why I recently started a fundraiser to help local nursing home residents during this pandemic. People may donate at my Go Fund Me campaign at https://www.gofundme.com/f/help-elderly-at-nursing-homes-fight-coronavirus or through PayPal at https://brightenaday.weebly.com/donate.html.

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Using self-funding and donations, I have sent packs of gifts for residents at four local nursing homes (Sunrise of Paoli, Wayne Center, The Devon Senior Living, Green Meadows Nursing Center).

Before this, all of my projects have been self-funded, but I am looking for some more support on this fundraiser so that I can cheer up more seniors.  You will find more information about my project on Brighten A Day's website at https://brightenaday.weebly.com/covid-19.html.

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