A local photographer is keeping the Border City’s most vulnerable in mind.
Jason Whiting of Videre Images has set-up collection baskets called “Basket of Blessings” in the front entrances of both the Pioneer Lodge and Dr. Hemstock & Hearthstone Place. Whiting is inviting residents to drop off cards, letters and drawings to help cheer up isolated senior citizens.
Whiting spoke with both facilities to try and find a way to maintain contact with residents of the buildings. After some discussion they landed on the idea of the baskets and cards.
“This seemed to be the best solution. Obviously we can’t visit them so what’s the next best way to do this? By sharing messages without physical contact is a good way to pass along encouragement.”
The baskets are in place past the first set of doors and visitors are asked to place the cards and letters inside the basket and not go past the second set of doors. All items will be placed in quarantine before being handed to residents. Those looking to send a letter are asked not to lick envelopes to seal them.
Whiting mentions it is a good activity for children who are now unable to go to school.
“It’s an activity that wouldn’t take long and is easy to do. It lets kids think outside of the bubble of their house and think about others.”
Whiting has done several photography sessions at the facilities in the past including pictures of seniors giving advice to children on their first day of school. He says the residents are always in his mind.
“Each time I’ve been in there capturing images I’ve learnt a lot from them. I’ve heard a lot of stories and everytime I go there I don’t know what I’m going to hear and learn. Everytime I come out of these photo shoots with a greater appreciation of these individuals.”
Letters and cards can also be sent to the facilities through the mail. Only the two facilities have the baskets out in front but Whiting says there are many others that residents can send their letters.