Get Involved: The Forgotten Ones | International Card Exchange for the Elderly
Walk into any nursing home today, and you’ll see them: The aging lonely. They are easily recognizable. Look for the sadness on their faces, the pain in their eyes. With a television on for company, these men and women sit alone in their rooms. Their shelves are bare, their bulletin boards void of pictures, cards, or any memento denoting love from the outside. Those sad eyes may even hold a twinge of bitterness, asking, “Why am I still here with no one to love me?”
~ by Karrie Osborn
We found a great pair of pages on Facebook. The Forgotten Ones: Compassion for the Elderly and The Forgotten Ones : International Card Exchange for the Elderly. The latter was set up to facilitate sending cards, letters, photographs, post cards or small gifts to the lonely and forgotten elderly in nursing homes worldwide. Nurses, you know who they are! Add the addresses of facilities where you work where there are elderly patients who have no one. Here are the details:
The Forgotten Ones: Compassion for the Elderly Facebook page is a place to collect addresses of places from all over the world where you may send cards, letters, photographs, post cards or small gifts to the lonely and forgotten elderly worldwide.
Simply address the envelope to a “lonely man, woman or resident” along with the address you have selected. If you are mailing to a country whose language is not your own, you may prefer to send photographs, postcards or small gifts. Get creative! Love has no language barrier! If you would like a response it may be preferable to send a self addressed stamped envelope with paper, however, it is quite possible that the person you are corresponding with will be unable to respond. Rest assured that you will be brightening the days of someone who truly needs some light in their life. Imagine their faces when they receive postcards, drawings from your children or grand-children, entertaining magazine or newspaper articles, or small gifts from all over the world!
Choose one address, or many, and try to keep the communication going whether you receive a response or not. Be sure to scroll far down the wall to view all the adresses. Please, also, feel free to share addresses of places you may know that could use some cheer. You may refer them to this page as well as The Forgotten Ones: Compassion for the Elderly. Thank you in advance for your participation, and please, do share your experiences with us! Much love and many blessings…
Go to the Facebook page: The Forgotten Ones : International Card Exchange for the Elderly.
“What we have done for ourselves alone dies with us; what we have done for others and the world remains and is immortal.” ~ Albert Pike