Streamway Villa residents receive some ‘sunshine’

Nonprofit organization Sending Sunshine sent cards filled with positive messages to residents during the holidays

Thanks to the thoughtfulness of a nonprofit organization and the people connected to it, Streamway Villa residents were recently inundated with cards filled with positive messages – something that has been especially meaningful during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

Sending Sunshine is a Mississauga-based nonprofit organization run by four friends that is aimed at improving the lives of seniors. The organization achieves its mission by sending cards that are filled with kind thoughts to seniors around the world, many of whom live in long-term care and retirement homes.

People interested in sending cards to seniors through Sending Sunshine can do so through the organization’s website.

The cards Streamway Villa residents received just before Christmas included messages encouraging smiles and shared love. There were more than enough cards to go around, says Laurie Kracht, the Cobourg long-term care home’s life enrichment co-ordinator.

“(The cards) had lots of good wishes for residents,” she tells The OMNIway. “We had lots of extra cards that we were able to hand out to staff as well.”

According to the organization’s website, Sending Sunshine is reaching out to seniors with cards to help promote inclusiveness for seniors while decreasing social isolation.

To date, Sending Sunshine has sent 93,175 cards to seniors living in 12 countries.

“We aim to help reduce the negative effects of social isolation and loneliness among senior citizens in our community by providing them with handwritten cards,” the website states.

“It is with the help of people like YOU that we can help provide a ray of sunshine in the lives of Canadian seniors.”

Click here to learn more about Sending Sunshine.

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