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Teen creates pen pal project with nursing home residents, hopes to ’bridge the gap’

Make a pen pal with senior citizens in San Antonio
Make a pen pal with senior citizens in San Antonio

It’s safe to say, most of us have done, or at least considered, something new after the pandemic began and quarantines were recommended everywhere.

Some people may have tried yoga or knitting, leatherwork or gardening, maybe even learning a new language or an instrument. Joven Tapiador, a teen from San Antonio, landed on launching a community service project, through Summer of Service, or SOS, an organization that educates youth in the area through service-learning and opportunities.

As residents at nursing homes have been quarantined during much of the pandemic, many senior citizens and elderly have been isolated, unable to see loved ones. So Tapiador began a letter project.


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“I got inspired by my grandmother,” Tapiador told our San Antonio news partner KSAT-TV. “She lives in Ecuador, and I’ve been (on) FaceTime with her since the beginning of quarantine. I was thinking about all the other seniors who don’t have anyone to talk to, so I partnered with SOS to start the project.”

Tapiador said he wants the younger generation to bridge the gap with the older generation.


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