Moorestown woman brings smiles to the elderly during coronavirus crisis

By KYW Newsradio 1060
MOORESTOWN, N.J. (KYW Newsradio) — A Burlington County woman has found a way to bring smiles to the faces of some elderly seniors who have been isolated or quarantined during the coronavirus pandemic.

"It really hit me when I realized that my neighbor's 95-year-old father who lives independently in a senior citizen was no longer allowed visitors due to coronavirus," said Carin Troy of Moorestown.

She decided to find a way to make elderly seniors feel they’re not alone, so she created Moorestown Send-A-Smile.

"I thought it might appeal to our community to send cards to these isolated seniors to not only brighten their day but also teach our children empathy and respect for our seniors," Troy explained.

The greeting cards are sent to elderly seniors living independently or in senior care facilities. More than 400 cards have been collected since Troy's campaign began three weeks ago. Area school kids were the first to participate, but adults have since joined.

"We've had adults write notes about becoming a grandparent and asking the seniors if they're grandparents and what they look forward to," she shared.

Troy said anyone can send a card, no matter the senior or the community.

"It’s all voluntary," she emphasized. "If it lifts someone's spirit, it's definitely worth it and if someone gets a friend out of it, even better."