Wave of Change: Sending Love to Seniors for Valentine’s Day

When we love, we always strive to become better than we are. When we strive to become better than we are, everything around us becomes better too.”Paulo Coelho

Inspired by Mother Teresa’s words: “I alone cannot change the world, but I can cast a stone across the water to create many ripples,” I started a Wave of Change last September, where every month we find a way to give back to our community. My hope is that each ripple created will come together to create of wave of change for the better.

This month, inspired by Valentine’s Day, I want to touch the lives of our most vulnerable population with some heartfelt love.

Approximately 28,000 older and disabled adults live in 1,100 long-term care facilities in Orange County. Approximately 50%, or 14,000 have no friend or family member actively involved in their care.

The pandemic has severely impacted seniors in long-term care both in terms of contracting the virus and deaths. As a result, long-term care facilities have limited or eliminated visits from family members and friends.  Seniors are living and dining alone in their rooms, unless they are fortunate to have a roommate. Imagine living in the same room, day after day since the pandemic began back in March of last year.

These seniors who were isolated before are now more isolated than ever.

Please join us in our Valentine’s Day card project to make an impact in letting these lonely seniors know they are valued, loved and not forgotten.

It’s a great project to do with your kids or grandkids, with important lessons to be gained.  The value in helping others.  The realization as hard as this is for us, it’s harder for others. There is something we can do to make a difference.  So, get out those art and craft supplies.  Do something different and meaningful this weekend.  Give the kids a break from their screens and let them use their creativity to send love to others.  The Laguna Beach Boys Scouts and Girl Scouts, as well as the students in Laguna Beach Schools for their own “Wave of Kindness” week, have already volunteered to participate. But with 14,000 seniors and disabled adults with no one in their lives, we need all the help we can get.

We are working with the Council on Aging whose Ombudsmen who will ensure that every card made is delivered to an isolated senior in a long-term care facility.

Instructions:

  1. Make cards for Valentine’s Day.

Attached here is a pdf document with creative ideas for designs & sample messages.

  1. No envelopes needed.
  2. Do not sign the cards as that can confuse the seniors if they get a card from someone they don’t know.
  3. Deliver to Moore Law for Children by February 8, 2021.

Address: 361 Forest Avenue, Suite 201 (2nd floor), Laguna Beach, 92651.

  1. Questions: please email Flannery@MooreLawOC.com or call (949) 336-7711
  2. We welcome photos emailed to us to post on Facebook.

Follow us on Facebook to see our progress.

From all of us to all of you, may you feel loved and valued and remain healthy and safe.

Meldie M. Moore & the Entire Team,

Moore Law For Children.

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