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Virginia Beach senior living community flooded with children's art to cheer residents

An employee at First Colonial Inn put out a request for uplifting art from local children in March - and the mail has been pouring in ever since.
Credit: First Colonial Inn
One of the walls covered in uplifting art at First Colonial Inn

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. — In March, coronavirus began to spread to people in the commonwealth

Since the virus was possible to spread without symptoms, and was said to be more serious for older adults, some retirement and senior living facilities closed their doors to visitors entirely.

When an employee at First Colonial Inn in Virginia Beach saw this weighing on residents' spirits, the assisted living community put out a call for artwork from local children. 

The mail has been pouring in ever since - and not just from Hampton Roads kids.

"Within two months, the Virginia Beach senior living community received artwork via postage mail from as far as Hawaii and even emails of art from people who wanted to answer the call for gestures of love and hope during a trying time," wrote a spokesperson.

Credit: First Colonial Inn
One resident shows off a piece of art framed by an associate’s wife

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It's made the windows and doorways of resident's rooms constantly cheerful, according to a release from the company.

Liz Le, the sales coordinator for First Colonial Inn, said she's been busy writing "thank you" cards to all the people who have pitched in to bring joy to the community.

“We’ve received artwork, cards, and poems from babies a few months old to big kids in high school/college and their parents!” Le said. “It puts a smile on their faces and they always want to send their appreciation!"

It's not too late to participate. People with digital art can send that to lovearthope@gmail.com, and physical mementos can be mailed to: 

First Colonial Inn, Attn: Love Art Hope Project,
845 First Colonial Road,
Virginia Beach, VA 23451 

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