MurphyHolidayCardsforSeniorsFBDES PLAINES – To help older adults stay connected with their community and spread cheer this holiday season, State Senator Laura Murphy is collecting holiday cards for residents at local long-term care facilities.

“A handwritten note or card is a great way to help those living at long-term care facilities get into the holiday spirit,” said Murphy (D-Des Plaines). “Last year we collected over 2,300 cards that were distributed to seniors—more than double what we collected during our first year—so we are grateful to be able to bring this holiday tradition back for another year.”

Murphy is encouraging residents of the Northwest Suburbs to write handmade or store-bought cards to help bring joy to older adults who may be feeling lonely or isolated during the holidays. Children are also encouraged to participate.

“It only takes a few minutes, but a heartfelt holiday greeting can make all the difference to someone who may be struggling during this challenging time,” said Murphy. “Your kind words could bring a smile to a neighbor’s face.”

People can mail or deliver their cards now through Dec. 15 to Murphy’s office at 1645 South River Road, Suite 7, Des Plaines, IL 60018. Cards can be dropped through the mail slot. For more information, contact Murphy’s office at 847-718-1110.