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Healthy Lee launches Kids with Compassion initiative
May 20, 2020

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Healthy Lee invites the Southwest Florida community to participate in Kids with Compassion, encouraging local children to create compassionate artwork and cards to send virtually to area seniors in assisted living, nursing homes, memory care and other senior facilities.

Working in partnership with The School District of Lee County, Healthy Lee's initiative is designed to deliver virtual smiles, engaging students with a fun activity to look forward to at home, while also warming the hearts of seniors who are unable to have visitors or interact closely at this time. Healthy Lee partnered with Priority Marketing to develop a Website at KidsWithCompassion.org, which helps connects children and seniors by allowing children to submit artwork or volunteer virtual time.

"Kids with Compassion provides an avenue for children and families to help raise the spirits of those who may be feeling lonely or isolated during this time of social distancing and heightened safety precautions," Healthy Lee Chairman Gary Griffin said. "It's a simple, fun and safe way to keep the kids involved while bringing joy to a senior community who needs these children so much right now."

To participate, children can create a card/artwork with a hopeful or funny message. Parents or guardians can snap a photo of the "card," or scan it to at least 300 DPI, and upload it to the Website. Area senior facilities will have access to the gallery, where they can print and provide the cards for their residents to enjoy.

In addition, children and seniors can also register to be assigned to a pen pal at a local senior living community. Connections can be made via phone, video chat or pen and paper.

For more information or to participate, visit KidsWithCompassion.org. To become a sponsor of the project or to register a senior facility to participate, contact Cheryl.Schlichte@LeeHealth.org.

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