Can you imagine what it would be like to tag along when a smiley toddler walks around a senior center giving out flowers? In this episode of Growing Up Good, we follow Award-winning journalist Deanne Goodman and her daughter Jade as they try to spread a little kindness in their own very special way at the Merrill Gardens Senior Center in Oceanside, California.
Jade has a ball walking up to seniors sitting alone or in groups and turns an ordinary day into an extraordinary one. Toting her delicate, aromatic gifts in a little red wagon, she smiles and carefully hands out long stemmed, "thorn-less" roses to everyone she meets. As you might guess, there is laughter, happy smiles, and a whole lotta hugs!
Community Relations Directory Mathew Murphy knows how important visitors, especially ones as adorable as Jade, are to the people in his care. "Our residents are often separated from family and loved ones, so to have folks coming in that care to provide extra special attention is very valuable to them."
Closely accompanying Jade as she makes her rounds, Deanne chats with the residents, explaining how she's teaching her daughter the importance of kindness and helping out the community. Deanne has been creating content that inspires people to do good for most of her career and she is now bringing that positive mindset to her role as a new parent, raising a young girl in what can often be a harsh world.
Join the tour on Jade's "kindness" wagon for a happy visit with some very appreciative seniors. Smiles are welcome!
Learn more about Merrill Gardens at: https://www.merrillgardens.com/senior-living/ca/oceanside/merrill-gardens-at-oceanside/
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