Older Adults program participants at Outreach Community Center in Carol Stream have been using their creativity to give back. At its weekly Tuesday Activity Group (TAG), the group recently made almost 100 Valentines for patients at Marianjoy Rehabilitation Center.

“Many older adults know of the good work and service provided by Marianjoy from first-hand experience,” says Older Adults Activities Coordinator Marissa Sabio. “They loved being able to reach out to the patients there.”

One older adult said, “We just want them to know people are thinking about them.”

“We know how lonely it can be and how difficult it is to work on getting better,” added another participant. “Hopefully this will brighten their day.”

The group had a blast as they reminisced about past Valentine’s Days and tried out different poems to write inside the cards. One said, “This is so fun! I haven’t put together a homemade Valentine in years! It’s like when we were young!”

At an activity group in December, the group participated in “Holiday Mail for Heroes” through the Red Cross, providing greeting cards to men and women in the military, veterans and families in their communities. The program hopes to continue giving back to nonprofit organizations as a way to encourage older adults’ generosity, mental sharpness and artistic skills.