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Residents of long-term care facilities are about to get their days brightened

Published: Jan. 27, 2021 at 7:43 PM CST
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FREMONT COUNTY, Wyo. (Wyoming News Now) -

Children have been emotionally affected by the reaction to Covid, and residents of long term care facilities have had to cope with loneliness.

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Fremont County is trying to help both of those issues at once. The kids are hoping to bring some cheer to 300 residents of long term care facilities as well as the staff. And the project involves paper flowers and a laser cutter.

A teenage volunteer for the flower project, Caterina Hancock, stated “A real flower, they only last a couple days, but these can last forever and can be a reminder someone is thinking of them, someone is actually caring about how they feel.” It started up as a fun activity for ‘bigs’ and ‘littles’ to spend time together, and the nonprofit soon realized that with a laser cutter, mass production would be a lot more of an option. The group will be using the laser cutter provided at the nonprofit organization, Makerspace in Riverton.

“The ball started to roll and we realized there was more and more need and more and more opportunity. This just became an opportunity to volunteer and to get the community involved,” said Kara Hancock, program director for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Fremont County. 20 to 30 volunteers are confirmed as of now, but there is room for more, as the flower assembly will be time consuming, yet well worth the effort.

“We definitely want to lift their spirits even if it’s just for a moment,” added Kara Hancock, who mentioned she hopes the staff and residents know they were thought of and cared for. It was important for them to recognize not only the residents, but also the staff who’ve been under extra stress. Kara stated, “The work that they put into these families and these groups is something that our community couldn’t survive without.” Kara said this time has brought stress on the kids as well, so providing them an outlet to care for others is so important.

“Not only will it give them ownership of ‘Hey I accomplished this beautiful bouquet, it looks great, I learned how to do this,’ but I’m doing something awesome for somebody else. I have the opportunity to bring light to somebody else’s world, and I’m really excited for them to take that chance.”

To volunteer to help with the flower assembly, you can contact Kara at (307) 399-7050.

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