Kids cheer up elderly at GI retirement home

Published: Jul. 22, 2020 at 9:50 PM CDT
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GRAND ISLAND, Neb. (KSNB) - Kindergarten and grade school kids exited the bus at around 1 p.m. on Wednesday. The Quest Program at Third City Christian Church in Grand Island visited the elderly at Lodge Riverside Retirement Community, to cheer them up and spread some joy during this unique time.

“We just thought during these times the community is really struggling,” said Quest Program Director, Cassandra Westpfahl. “We’ve done different types of projects, and we thought it’d be really good to give back and be able to go share some love with people.”

They reached out to Lodge Riverside to come visit and staff gladly accepted their request.

“Kids have always been a big part of you know what we do here and you know we miss that, so this is just a unique way to still be able to be apart of their lives,” said Kathy Roark, Life Enrichment Director at Lodge Riverside Retirement home.

The kids carried signs that said encouraging words to cheer up the elderly and plastered them to each window for folks to see. They also waved, smiled and made hearts as residents said hello through the glass.

“Oh it’s great,” said Westpfahl. “It’s wonderful, especially since they’re smiling and the students are having a blast. All around I think everyone’s just having a really great time.”

The kids walked to every window at the retirement home. They peaked through to see who was there, and if they didn’t see them they moved on to the next room.

“It’s going to lift their spirits a lot, they’ll enjoy it a lot,” said Roark.

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