You guys know that I love highlighting what people are doing in their communities, specifically during this time of crisis. It’s also always great to see young people out here committed to making this world a better place. That rings true of this next teen I’m featuring today.
High schooler Hita Gupta is a sophomore at Conestoga High School in Berwyn, Pennsylvania. She has been creating care packages for nursing home residents in her area during this pandemic!
The care packages have encouraging, handwritten notes, a puzzle book, a coloring book and colored pencils—a simple but effective way to encourage creativity and fun for the elderly who are isolated right now. “Nursing homes throughout the United States are limiting seniors’ interaction within the building and visitors are also prohibited, which is causing feelings of loneliness and isolation for many residents,” Hita shared. “During this uncertain time, which is causing panic for many seniors, it’s our responsibility to let them know that they are not being forgotten.”
The sophomore has been able to partner with 14 nursing homes so far. Those nursing homes include Sunrise of Paoli, Wayne Center, The Devon Senior Living, Green Meadows Nursing Center, Daylesford Crossing, Highgate at Paoli Pointe, Echo Lake, Exton Senior Living, Arbour Square at West Chester, Aventura at Pembrooke, Barclay Friends, The Hickman Friends, Bellingham Retirement Community, and Sunrise of Exton. Hita has used her own money and other donations to uplift some of the very ones who need it the most.
Hita is also the founder of 501(c)(3) nonprofit called Brighten A Day that has helped to reach over 2,300 kids and seniors in hospitals and nursing homes across seven states. The organization creates handmade cards on holidays like Christmas and Valentine’s Day. Her work has been featured by ABC, CBS, and even the U.S. Embassy of India!
If you or someone you know is doing incredible work during this time, please feel free to submit your work to be featured on Imperfectly B.