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Students, Golden Rule Home residents send cards to each other

Elisabeth Slay
McLoud Public School student and 14-year-old Ricky Graham writing a card to his Golden Rule Home pen pal and resident Lena Winthrow.

As residents in nursing homes all over the country remain in their facilities due to COVID-19 concerns local places such as the Golden Rule Home have been receiving letters from students and have even sent cards in return.

According to Golden Rule Home Administrator, Gywn Gilkeson, several residents have received letters from students in the community including Lena Winthrow who has been writing back to her 14-year-old pen pal Ricky Graham.

Ricky's mother, Kimberly Graham said she and Ricky saw the Golden Rule Home's request on Facebook for cards from students.

"We saw the post on Facebook that they were needed cheering up and everything so we decided the least we can do is star writing and make cards," Kimberly said.

Kimberly explained she, Ricky and her husband Randy have been writing letters and sending cards to nursing homes across the country.

"We've written to Texas...We've written to Mustang. We've probably done over 30 or 40 cards," Kimberly said.

Ricky said he's received positive responses from residents such as Winthrow who are grateful for the encouragement and kind messages.

"She was thankful for me writing her a letter and everything," Ricky said.

Kimberly explained the family has been writing cards for over two weeks and feel it's important to help those most affected by COVID-19.

"(It shows) that we're thinking about them and that we care and that they're not alone," Kimberly said.

Both Kimberly and Ricky said in addition to spreading positivity, they love writing these cards as a family and doing something to make a difference in a difficult and uncertain time.

"It's nice to set down as a family and do something together to bring enjoyment to somebody else," Kimberly said.

Since stores are closed Kimberly said she and her family have had to use online resources to make cards and pictures.

As time goes on both Kimberly and Ricky said they will continue to write letters to residents in nursing homes for as long as it takes.

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