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COVID-19 prompts senior adoptions

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A compassionate gesture started in New Mexico reaches all 50 states

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CEDAR CREEK LAKE–What started as a small compassionate gesture from a child advocate and foster parent located in New Mexico, grew to a nationwide movement that has reached Cedar Creek Lake.
The group which has climbed to 43,000 members since its beginning March 27, was started by Mary Storey.
When the New Mexico Governor announced schools would remain closed for the remainder of the school year, Storey thought, “How can we still support Seniors? I felt sad that they would miss out on so many rite of passage things, we all got to experience our senior year,” Storey said.
While Storey never thought her group would expand so quickly or prompt other groups to form she said she’s happy that it has. Texas has a statewide group that has reached 11,000 members.
Groups have popped up on Facebook for local Adopt a Senior group pages where community members can select a senior to adopt then provide a gift basket or series of small gifts fitting their budget in an effort to show them that their community has not forgotten them and that we support them.
While each group has separate rules, many allow multiple adoptions, and of course gifts are completely within your budget and depend on what you are comfortable gifting.
Adopt a Eustace Senior Graduate 2020, Adopt a Mabank Senior Graduate 2020, Adopt a SR Kaufman County and Adopt a Malakoff 2020 Senior are the local adopt a senior Facebook groups for our Seniors. While most seniors have already been adopted, some groups are allowing people to double adopt.
When asked if there was one thing you wanted the Seniors of 2020 to know, Storey responded, “This is temporary. Your entire life is ahead of you. Do not allow this to hold you back. This situation does not define you, what you do from here forward is the most important time in your life.”