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DMNW Holiday Challenge: Send a Card to a Stranger With ‘The Forgotten Ones’

With Thanksgiving and Black Friday behind us, it’s time to look forward to the rest of the holiday season. Time to celebrate family, friendships, and relationships as the year comes to a close and another is just around the corner. It’s time for people to get together and share the joy of giving and community. Unfortunately, not everyone can be with their families for the holidays due to distance or other circumstances, and that’s an issue we’d like to address this season.

In the spirit of giving, community, and PLURR we are challenging our readers to send out holiday (Christmas or otherwise) cards to the elderly as part of a project called The Forgotten Ones: International Card Exchange For The Elderly. Simply get some cards and stamps together, and take a few minutes to wish a lonely person a happy holiday. For someone who may not otherwise receive many cards or attention, it could bring a lot of joy to their day.

It’s up to you how personal you make your card. You could tell this person about your life, include a picture of yourself, include a piece of kandi and tell them about PLURR (add extra postage if you do), or simply wish them “Happy Holidays & Happy New Year!.” No matter how personal, the simple act of taking the time to write and send a card will make this lonely person feel special and loved.

Nursing Home Holiday Party

Not every nursing home is this big of a party– brighten someone’s day today!

If you would like, you can send multiple cards to multiple destinations. You also have the option to send many cards to one location. If you would prefer the latter, you can put all your cards in a USPS prepaid box and potentially save some money and hassle. This would be especially economical if you include kandi, since that will probably impose an extra charge for the extra weight.

Pro Tips:

1. Include “Attention: Activities Director” on the front of your envelope unless otherwise directed for that particular facility.
2. Address it to “Any Resident” or “Any Lonely Resident.” Recipients are unlikely to see the envelope so you don’t have to worry about offending anyone.
3. Send a box of cards for reduced postage & to share a lot of love in one place. If you do, feel free to include a note inside instructing that the cards go to the residents who need them the most.

Below is a list of nursing facilities all over the world who would love to receive your cards!

Colonial Park Rehab and Nursing Center
950 Floyd Ave.
Rome, New York. 13440

Brookdale Senior Living
2400 Crystal Cove Lane
Destin, FL 32550

Sea Breeze Healthcare
1937 Jenks Ave
Panama City, FL 32405

Manor Care
1105 Perry Highway
Pittsburgh, PA 15237

Cedar Crest Nursing & Rehab
797 East Fremont Avenue
Sunnyvale, CA 94087

Greenfields Assisted Living
723 E 2nd Ave.
Mesa, AZ 85204

Bridgewood Rivers Assisted Living
1910 Hughwood Drive
Roseburg, OR 97401

Rio Rancho Care Center
4210 Sabana Grande Ave SW
Rio Rancho, NM 87124

Marciana Bungalow, D’silva Nagar, Nala Village, Nalasopara West,
(Mumbai W.Rly), Taluka Vasai,
Dist. PALGHAR, Maharashtra. India. 401203

Attn: Joan Rega
Golden Living Nursing Home
300 Center Ave. Rd. 2
Waynesburg, PA USA 15370

Kachina Point Nursing home
505 Jacks Canyon Road
Sedona, AZ 86351

Presbyterian Home & Rehabilitation Center
4290 Middle Settlement Road
P.O. Box 1144
New Hartford, New York 13413

Rocky Mountain Hospice
2110 Overland Ave, Suite 111
Billings, MT 59102

Paradise Valley Nursing Home
11645 N 25th Pl.
Phoenix, AZ 85028

Tockwotton Home Long term Care
500 Waterfront Dr East
Providence, RI 02903

Trinity Care Center – Nursing Home
S State St,
Salt Lake City, UT 84115

Garden Valley Manor Nursing Home
8575 N Granby Ave
Kansas City, MO 64154

Shylo Nursing & Home Healthcare
410-1917 4th Ave W
Vancouver, BC V6J 1M7

Rathdowne Place – Long term Care
497 Rathdowne St, Carlton VIC 3053
CanadaJoan Rega

Beechwood Aged Care – Long term
3-17 Albert St, Revesby NSW 2212

Princeton View Aged Care
29 Heathfield Rd, Brighton East VIC 3187

Gardner Nursing Center
Attn: Joann McDaniel
702 North Drew St.
Star City, AR 71667

Lakeview Christian Home of The Southwest
c/o Michelle Whitzel
Development Administrative Assistant
1905 West Pierce Street
Carlsbad, NM 88220

Windsor HealthCare Residence
1025 West Yeagua Street
P.O. Box 29
Groesbeck, Texas 76642

Hartford Health Care
217 Toro Rd
Hartford, AL 36344

Bentwood Manor
550 W Berkshire Blvd,
Sioux Falls, SD 57106

ManorCare Health Services-Fargo
1315 University Dr S,
Fargo, ND 58103
attn: Activities director – long term care

Ironwood Health and Rehabilitation Center
1950 Ridgedale Rd,
South Bend, IN 46614

Cedarwood Plaza
12504 Cedar Rd,
Cleveland, OH 44106
attn: Activities director – long term care

Oakmont Nursing Centers
600 Sulphur Springs Rd,
Greenville, SC 29617

Meadowbrook Acres Nursing Center
2149 Greenbrier St,
Charleston, WV 25311

Maine Veterans’ Home
290 US Route 1,
Scarborough, ME 04074
attn: Activities Director – long term care

Comfort Care Homes
11725 Arbor St Ste 210,
Omaha, NE 68144

Cypress Springs of Tulsa- Alzheimer’s & Memory Support Residence
7210 S Yale Ave,
Tulsa, OK 74136

Future Care Nursing Home
22 S Athol Ave,
Baltimore, MD 21229

Oakwood Nursing & Rehabilitation Center
5520 Indian River Rd,
Virginia Beach, VA 23464

Tucker House Nursing and Rehabilitation Center
1001-11 Wallace Street
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19123

Bhakti Shyama Care Centre
1 Balham New Road
London SW12 9PH

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Norrtullsgatan 12 L
113 27 Stockholm, Sweden

Bergen Red Cross Nursing Home
Ellerhusens vei 35
5043 Bergen, Norway

The Charity Home
Szent Vince u. 2.
8083 Csákvár, Hungary

Dům S Pečovatelskou Službou
Křižíkova 46
186 00 Prague
Czech Republic

St Anne Nursing & Rehab Center
3540 NE 110th St,
Seattle, WA 98125

Appletree Court
870 West Arapaho Road
Richardson, TX 75080 USA
License #010312

Haugvoll Sykehjem
Myrvoldveien 21
1743 Klavestadhaugen

Tahanan ni Maria / House of Mary
Brgy. Lantic, Carmona
Cavite, Philippines

Greater Harlem Nursing Home
30 W 138th St
New York, NY 10037

The Bristol Home
1500 Main Street
Buffalo, NY. 14209

Little Sisters of the Poor St. Joseph’s Home
43 Gilmore Place
Edinburgh EH3 9NG, Scotland, UK

The address below is not a nursing home, rather, a foundation that helps the poor elderly. You may address cards and/or packages to “male or female elder.”
La Vie Foundation,
P. O. Box 2160,
Nairobi. Code 00200,

Hillcrest Nursing Center
1740 Circuit Court
Round Lake Beach, IL 60073

Kingsland Hills Care Center
3727 West Ranch Rd. 1431
Kingsland, Tx 78639

A R Goudie Eventide Home
369 Frederick Street
Kitchener, Ontario
N2H 2P1 Canada

The Grace Care Center of Lufkin
504 North John Redditt Drive
Lufkin, Texas 75904

Little Sisters of the Poor
St-Joseph’s Home, 52 Plymouth Grove West
Manchester M13 0AR, ENGLAND, UK

Venture Home Again
610 F M Stafford Ave
Paintsville, KY41240

Mountainside Nursing Center
1301 Church Street
Jasper, GA 30143

Grandview Health Care Center
618 Gennett Dr
Jasper GA 30143

Auxiliary of Little Sisters of the Poor
300 Lake St.
San Francisco, CA 94118

Heritage House of Castlewoods
140 Castlewoods Boulevard
Brandon, MS 39047

Green Acres Nursing Home
313 Allen Memorial Dr Sw
Milledgeville, GA 31061

Christian Care Home
114 Jacqueline Terrace
Milledgeville, Georgia 31061

Little Sisters of the Poor
112B St George’s Road, P.O. Box 117
Northcote, Victoria 3070, Australia

The Good Samaritan Home
601 N. Boeke Road
Evansville, IN 47711

Little Sisters of the Poor, Home for the Aged
Opp. Koppuravaru Road, Guntur Dist. A.P.
Nambur 522508, India

Little Sisters of the Poor
St-Joseph’s Home, 52 Plymouth Grove West
Manchester M13 0AR, England, UK

Petites Soeurs des Pauvres
Ma Maison St Joseph, 5605 Beaubien Est
Montreal, P.Q., H1T 1X4, Canada

Little Sisters of the Poor St. Joseph’s Home
43 Gilmore Place
Edinburgh EH3 9NG, Scotland, UK

The Laurels of Shane Hill
10731 St. Rt. 118
Rockford, Ohio, 45882

Renfrew Care Centre
1880 Renfrew Street
Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

BUPA Highgate Care Home
610 Old Edinburgh Road Uddingston North Lanarkshire Glasgow G71 6HQ

Ailesbury Nursing Home
58 Park Avenue Sandymount Dublin 4, Ireland

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Little Sisters of the Poor, Home for the Aged
Opp. Koppuravaru Road, Guntur Dist. A.P.
Nambur 522508, India

Heritage House of Castlewoods
140 Castlewoods Boulevard
Brandon, MS 39047 USA

Chestnut Court Care Home
Frizlands Lane
Dagenham RM10 7YD UK

Little Sisters of the Poor – Queen of Peace Residence
110-30 221st Street
Queens Village, NY 11429-2597, USA

Little Sisters of the Poor
Villa Guadalupe, 1900 Mark Avenue
Gallup, NM 87301-4822, USA

Little Sisters of the Poor
1028 Benton Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15212

South Shore Nursing & Rehabilitation Center
405 S.M. Robertson Drive
South Shore, KY 41175

U.S. soldiers also love to receive holiday cards, but since they are spread across the world, here is a website called Operation We Are Here that can help direct you.

We hope you’ll take part in this special project with us this season! It takes so little time to brighten up someone’s day and let them know they have not been forgotten. Let’s show outsiders to our community that we’re not just a bunch of selfish kids, we’re caring individuals who believe in Peace Love Unity Respect & Responsibility.

Who will you be sending cards to? Who else deserves a card that we may not have mentioned? We’ll update this article as we receive suggestions.