Balloon artists are some of the most generous people you’ll ever know! Here’s what many have been up to lately. It’s called “Adopt A Grandparent.” Since its inception last year in the United States, the campaign has gone international. The goal is to bring cheer to older, isolated citizens.
People or companies can sponsor a senior citizen by purchasing a discounted arrangement from a participating area artist. It works this way—the participating artist partners with an assisted living center or nursing home interested in receiving the gifts. Depending on the number of residents, a fundraising drive is held until enough money is raised to give each individual a balloon gift. Then, begin again! Though not a huge moneymaker, it does provide incremental income to artisans and brings a bit of joy and happiness to the community.
Francine Kades, CBA, from The Balloon People in Arizona, summed up the program and its results best.
If you have a loved one, you will know how alone they are. My 87-year-old mother lives alone in South Africa and has spent most of the last year pretty much alone. She is very active and was still working before Covid… this has been very depressing and lonely for her, and I think it is going to take a toll on her mentally as well. Seniors especially have been alone…Anyway, this was designed as something to cheer them up… It is a definite feel-good program for us. When we hear how happy the recipients are to receive a buddy, it makes my day!
Francine Kades, CBA
Check out some of our favorite #adoptagrandparent posts on Instagram below. Be sure to scroll through the pictures in each post! https://us.qualatex.com/en-us/news/join-adopt-grandparent-movement/