On February 14, 2018, David, Lauren and I went to Newton to cover the Wish of a Lifetime #CupidCrew who were on a mission to deliver roses to senior citizens in Newton, MA
Wish of a Lifetime’s #CupidCrew Event
#CupidCrew parent chaperones pose for a group photo outside of the Newton Senior CenterWish of a Lifetime is a great not-for-profit organization from Denver Colorado who grant wishes to senior citizens. Their mission is to shift the way society views and values our oldest generations by fulfilling seniors’ dreams and sharing their stories to inspire those of all ages.
#CupidCrew is one of Wish of a Lifetime’s events. The Crew is made up of students and volunteers who go out on Valentine’s Day to give roses to the elderly. Many seniors can find themselves isolated after losing family and friends over the years. This is an admirable outreach event to bring a bit of happiness to those who may be alone on this holiday. Although Cupid Crew has been going on for 5 years, this is the first time the event to place on a large scale in Newton. It was brought here with the help of Wish of a Lifetime volunteer and Newton native, Christina Hennessey. Christina dedicated time over the last four years volunteering for Wish of a Lifetime and coordinated everything to making this event happen in Newton.
#CupidCrew in Newton, MA
The Cupid Crew, Newton event was composed of fifth grade students from Peirce Elementary School as well as a number of helpful happiness agents. The day was a big success with many smiles on the seniors as well as the students.
The day in Newton started at Peirce Elementary School where the 5th grade students received their
#CupidCrew T-shirts. From there they boarded a bus for their first of three destinations. Stone Senior Living was their first destination. The kids got off the bus and headed inside to give our roses and spread some joy. Next was the Newton Senior Center, then the #CupidCrew moved on to bring roses and smiles to Scandinavian House. At each location, the 5th graders gave a rose to an elder and spent some time talking with them. David captured the photos, Lauren video recorded the event and I took some photos and chatted with some of the volunteers for blog.
The Cupid Crew was truly a heart-warming event. It was wonderful to see the seniors faces light up when the children handed them a long-stem rose. It was even more touching to see the children engaging in conversation with the older generation. We hope to see this event continue to grow and look forward to covering it again next year!
By Elyssa Conley