Austin, Minnesota Senior Living Center seeks Valentine’s Day cards for residents


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Austin, Minnesota Senior Living Center seeks Valentine's Day cards for residents

Austin, Minnesota Senior Living Center seeks Valentine’s Day cards for residents

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AUSTIN, Minn. (KTTC) – Our senior residences are asking the community to show love for Valentine’s Day.

“In school, we used to pass them stuff that looked funny. You know, it was like, ‘Be my lover or you’re the heart of my soul. You know, stupid stuff like that. I’m young did get a lot,” said resident Ora Payne.

Payne wants the community to send her and her neighbors decorated Valentine’s Day cards and even flowers at our home.

“I’d probably be in tears. I mean, I don’t know, I’d be like, ‘Wow, someone cares,'” she said.

Another resident, Susan Tindal, said it was important to give back to the elderly.

“I think it’s a great thing. I mean, people care, they care. Older people do things for younger generations. Raise them,” she said. “There is a lot of evil, and there is a lot of good.”

Tindal believes this simple gesture can brighten her and her friends’ lives.

“Just to bring smiles and see other people smile. And it’s nice to see the smiles on their faces. Some of them look sad,” she said.

Staff at the nursing home even posted photos of residents on Facebook to promote the love of its 64 residents on Valentine’s Day.

“Right now, we are asking the community to mail your Valentine’s Day card to seniors at our three facilities. You can also order [flowers] Via Austin’s Hardy Geranium,” said Samantha Rick, Senior Living Living Enrichment Coordinator at our house.

She says these gifts can go a long way.

“It brightens up their day, and it really makes a difference because everything is going against them right now, COVID, the cold. They’re limited to going to the community. It’s a way for the community to turn to them,” Ricke said.

This is the consensus of many residents.

“It’s about loving another person. Things like flowers and candy are just a gesture that they care. They don’t have to love you, but they have to care,” Payne said.

“Sometimes older people are neglected,” Tindall said. “Remember us, don’t forget us.”

People can mail or drop off cards or flowers at Our House Senior Living.

  • Superior Apartment: 1313 15th Avenue NW Austin, MN 55912-1911
  • Memory Care: 1401 15th Avenue NW Austin, MN 55912-1911
  • Memory Care: 1401 15th Avenue NW Austin, MN 55912-1911

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