Isolating isn't uncommon in the senior population. Yes, many who are isolating now did have the freedom to come, go and socialize but they are still often forgotten and lonely living in forced isolation. I am a hugging pastor for those who want hugs. Seniors and particularly those who live alone crave healthy touch and they are the majority on a Sunday morning with their arms reaching out for that Pastor-Hug. Those who live alone and are practicing social distancing through isolation are at low risk for contracting the covid-19 virus but they are at higher risk of experiencing emotional trauma due to lack of social interaction. Let's be pro-active at preventing an epidemic of mental health issues for those who are isolating alone. Under 60's crowd at Pine Grove, this is a chance for you to step-up-to-the-plate. I have created a program I am calling -- "Hugs from a Distance". I challenge children, youth and young adults to adopt someone who is isolating and care for them during this pandemic.
How will you do this? Once you signup on our website www.pgcc.ca/hugs, you will be assigned someone who is alone and isolating. It will be your responsibility to connect with them via letters, phone calls, emails or facetime depending on their level of technical confidence and your preferences. You will be provided all the information that you need. Children can draw pictures, colour pictures or write notes. You can be as creative as you wish without going inside their homes. Let's not let one vulnerable isolated senior be forgotten.
Romans 12:13 "Share with God's people who are in need"