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Nursing home launches innovative way to seek pen pals for residents

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Hillside Medical Lodge in Gatesville, Texas, issued a heartwarming plea this week to recruit pen pals for their residents and it’s attracting the attention of #ImpactChristians everywhere.

The Facebook group Lost in Texas posted individual pictures of 52 men and women showing them holding a sign announcing their names and areas of interest.

For example:

  • Jane is looking for someone interested in word searches and crafting.
  • Steve would like to meet someone who enjoys fishing and being outdoors.
  • Mary Ann wants to talk with people interested in God, singing and crafts.
  • Sam is hoping to forge a relationship with someone who enjoys sports, the Bible and puzzles.

People were instructed to mail letters addressed to the resident’s name at 300 S. Hwy. 36 Bypass, Gatesville, TX 76524.

Think of the possibilities this type of campaign could have on people who are alone and lonely. Nursing home residents wouldn’t be the only beneficiaries. What about children stuck in the foster system? How about soldiers overseas? Even home-bound seasoned citizens could find comfort in such a program. So could foreign college students living in the United States.

Everyone loves to receive mail. Perhaps its time to bring back the long-abandoned practice of pen pals.

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Greg Gerber

A native of Wisconsin who moved to Arizona in 2009, Greg Gerber is a DODO -- Dad of Daughters Only -- to three grown daughters. He worked as a journalist for many years before pursuing a career as a faith-based writer, author, coach and speaker. Greg is the author of Pornocide: How Lust is Killing Your Faith, Stealing Your Joy and Destroying Your Life.

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