Children make special cards for seniors

Children make special cards for seniors
Ms. Burke reacts after getting a card from a first graders at Montgomery Academy Lower School (Source: WSFA 12 News)
Ms. Burke reacts after getting a card from a first graders at Montgomery Academy Lower School (Source: WSFA 12 News)
Ms. Burke puts her Valentine's Day card on her fridge (Source: WSFA 12 News)
Ms. Burke puts her Valentine's Day card on her fridge (Source: WSFA 12 News)
First graders at Montgomery Academy Lower School make cards for those who need them most (Source: WSFA 12 News)
First graders at Montgomery Academy Lower School make cards for those who need them most (Source: WSFA 12 News)

MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) - Nothing lifts the spirit more than being remembered, and Selena Burke of Montgomery knows what that feels like now after getting something extra with her warm meal from the Montgomery Area Council on Aging.

"Oh, ain't that sweet. And then y'all come out to see me and bring me this," Burke explains. "You don't know how this makes me feel. It lets me know you're thinking about me."

To understand what happened to Ms. Burke, you have to meet a first grade class at the Montgomery Academy Lower School where children made Valentine's Day cards for the very people who could use some love and a hug the most; people like Ms. Burke.

"Most of our clients don't have families. People tend to forget about them, so it's a chance for MACOA to step in and be part of that," says Chacolby Burns-Johnson, the Development Coordinator for the Montgomery Area Council on Aging.

First grader Rob Ashworth found out he's a pretty good artist, but also discovered something deeper about humanity at such a young age with this assignment.

"Just because I'm happy with my family members doing things, it's kind of sad thinking about people who don't have family members," he admits.

This wasn't Burns-Johnson's idea.

"This is part of our Meals on Wheels national program, which MACOA is a member, and it's also a partnership with dosomething.org," she says.

And doing something is what the children did on this day, doing something for seniors they'll probably never meet.

"Some can't get out of the house and can't get food," Ashworth says.

"It's an opportunity for me to reflect and think back on my life and give back to the community," Burns-Johnson adds.

They're hand-made Valentine's Day cards sealed with kindness, a gesture not lost on Selena Burke.

"I say bless the children who did this," Burke says. "Bless you all."

Children like Ashworth and his fellow classmates shared the love with a simple card, good enough for Burke to hang on her refrigerator.

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