As Valentine’s Day approaches, Buckner Retirement Services is calling on Texans to send Valentine’s Day letters and cards to senior adults residing in the local living community. Cards for community employees are also accepted to show support for the frontline heroes serving senior adults throughout the pandemic, reports Buckner.
“Whether you buy a card from the store or send a handmade Valentine, each show of support sent to our Buckner communities will be greatly appreciated by a senior adult,” said Charlie Wilson, senior vice president of Buckner Retirement Services. “Any mail received at our communities will be safely distributed to residents and associates.”
In March 2020, the restriction of visitors to senior living communities operated by Buckner Retirement Services led the provider to call on Texans to help bring love and joy to its residents. Since the initial ask in March, more than 1,000 pieces of mail have been received at the provider’s six locations from across Texas and the nation.
“The support our senior adults received in 2020 was truly inspiring,” said Wilson. “Across the nation people are helping inspire happiness in the lives of our residents and I am excited for them to continue receive letters and cards of encouragement and support.”
Only paper mail fitting in traditional envelopes will be received; packages containing goods and products will not be accepted for the safety of the residents. Letters can be addressed to residents by using “Inspiring Happiness for Resident c/o” or to employees by using “Inspiring Happiness for Staff c/o” followed by the following local address:
Buckner Calder Woods
7080 Calder Ave.
Beaumont, TX 77706
Email correspondences to Buckner Calder Woods chaplain (email@example.com) will be printed out and delivered to residents and employees:
In order to mitigate risk to senior adults, considered one of the most vulnerable populations during the spread of COVID-19, Buckner implemented a restricted visitation policy that adheres to guidelines and recommendations of the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services and Texas Gov. Greg Abbott.
In lieu of current limited visitation procedures, Buckner team members are coming up with a variety of ways to help residents communicate with their loved ones. The methods include technology stations, portable televisions for video conferencing, social media, phone calls and more.
About Buckner Retirement Services Inc.:
Buckner Retirement Services is a nonprofit senior living organization dedicated to enhancing the quality of life for senior adults and their families by promoting an active, healthy lifestyle while maintaining their independence and dignity. Buckner Retirement Services is part of Buckner International, a global faith-based ministry serving more than 350,000 people each year in Texas and six countries worldwide. For more information, visit BucknerRetirement.org.