By Kimberly Paulk, Senior Connector at SHARECharlotte.com, a free, easy and local website that makes is easy to learn about and engage with our local non-profits
“You can only perceive real beauty in a person as they get older.”
– Anouk Aimee
One of my most prized possessions is the carefully preserved flag we received for my grandfather’s years of military service. For some of my friends, precious mementos include handwritten holiday cookie recipes on yellowing sheets of paper, handed down from their mothers or grandmothers.
This is one of the many times of year when we think back on and appreciate the wisdom we’ve gained from earlier generations. And it feels right to try to pay that back, at least in some small way.
So that’s one of the things we’ll be doing this holiday. Finding a thing or two that we can to do give back to some of our older and wiser friends in Charlotte-Mecklenburg.
Interested? You’ve got lots of places to start. Contact an assisted living facility or nursing home nearby and see what might brighten their residents’ day. They love having little kids around! Or you can visit SHARECharlotte.com, where we have a whole section dedicated to Seniors.
Here are a few to get you started:
The Shepherd’s Center of Charlotte
Adult Care and Share Center
Charlotte-Mecklenburg Senior Centers
Everyone is always asking us where they can take their kids to volunteer. The obvious choice is to visit with seniors—make a craft, do an art project with them, sing Christmas carols or just hang out with them a while. Remember, they were once a young mom (or Dad!) too!
Make that connection and tell us your story. We’ll send you a SHARE Charlotte bracelet as a Thank You!