Monday, December 28, 2020
We all need good news these days. So here's one story for the holidays that should make you smile. Santa’s ‘Grandchildren’ Spread Joy In Italian Nursing Homes explains the Santa's grandkids project:
Despite a grim year marked by death and loneliness, the holiday spirit is descending on the Zanchi nursing home, one of the first in Italy to shut its doors to visitors after a COVID-19 case was confirmed in the nearby hospital on Feb. 23.
The bearers of glad tidings were the so-called “grandchildren of Santa Claus,” people who answered a charity’s call to spread cheer to elderly nursing home residents, many of whom live far from their families or don’t have any family members left.
The program, in its third year, continues to grow in popularity, with almost 6000 gits distributed to 228 SNFs. The featured nursing home had 43 residents participating which included virtual visits with Santa's grandkids, during which the SNF residents opened presents. It is worth noting that the volunteer grandkids also benefited from participating in the project.
Well done everyone!