• Caroline Ruivo

Sending sunshine to seniors

Growing older is an inevitable aspect of life that many teenagers and young adults tend to dismiss because it seems irrelevant to them. We forget that one day our skin will wrinkle, our knees will crinkle, and we might experience an extreme sense of loneliness as we age.

When the World Health Organization (WHO) declared a worldwide pandemic in March 2020, Marissa Parker witnessed how Covid-19 negatively impacted Canadian senior citizens in particular. We all know the heartache of being instructed to limit physical contact with the people we love and cannot imagine how this would feel for seniors living in various care facilities.

In an altruistic effort to shed light on a gloomy situation, Marissa and her friends founded a not-for-profit corporation called "Sending Sunshine". They have been encouraging people around the world to create handwritten cards to give to Canadian seniors in hopes of alleviating their loneliness during the pandemic.

Marissa stated they have more than 7,000 student volunteers, have received over 70,000 cards, and have even partnered with over 260 care facilities and seniors’ organizations! What started as a simple tug on someone's heart has created an unstoppable movement of spreading joy and comfort to those who need it most. That is truly beautiful.

If you would like to contribute a donation to this amazing cause, please visit their website at:


Photo by Marcus Aurelius