Harborfields High School junior Sophia Karl is helping to bring a smile to the faces of nursing home residents just in time for the holidays. Together with the help of her fellow students, she founded the Huntington chapter of “Letters for Rose.”
The nonprofit organization, started by two Montclair High School students in New Jersey, has grown into a team of over 300 student volunteers across the nation. Their goal: to reduce the loneliness of the elderly in nursing homes during the COVID-19 pandemic. To do so, Harborfields students districtwide worked passionately creating more than 500 heartwarming letters, pastel and watercolor cards to be delivered to local nursing homes.
“In this time of uncertainty, residents of nursing homes all over the world are feeling lonely because they cannot interact with their regular visitors,” Sophia said. “The Letters for Rose goal is to allow them to connect back with the community in the safest way possible, entertain them and bring a huge smile to their face.”
Huntington Letters for Rose Team:
Sophia Karl (Chapter Head)
Ashley Walker (Co-Chapter Head and Social Media)
Marielle Murn (Outreach Coordinator)
Avery Medico (Ambassador)
Emelie Hochwald (Ambassador)
Caitlin Fealy (Ambassador)
Anna Gosselin (Ambassador and Transportation)
Photo caption: Pictured left to right, Huntington Letters for Rose Ambassadors Caitlin Fealy, Anna Goslin, Emelie Hochwald and Chapter Head Sophia Karl.
Photos courtesy of the Harborfields Central School District