NEWCASTLE — The isolation of social distancing and quarantine has made life hard for everyone, but nursing home residents have perhaps received the shortest end of the stick. However, two young ladies decided to make lemonade from lemons. Preslee Fitzwater, 12, and her sister Addie, 10, daughters of Michelle and William Fitzwater, decided to write letters and color pictures to give residents “something to hang on their wall.” 

Michelle said her girls needed something to do during quarantine. What better way than to offer encouragement?

“Technically, I didn’t do anything — my girls did it,” Michelle said. 

According to Allison Farella, director of the Weston County Manor, the isolation has been hard on the residents because they can no longer eat together or visit with one another. 

“It’s caused a lot of them to feel down,” Farella said. “There’s no end in sight.” 

Because Easter was coming, Preslee said, she knew that if she were a resident of the Manor, she would want to be visited by her loved ones. She was sad that the residents would miss out on those visits this year. That’s why she decided to put in the effort and do something thoughtful like letters and pictures. 

“I thought I could brighten someone’s day,” Preslee said. “I enjoyed coloring all of them, knowing they’d be enjoyed.” 

“I know that it makes their day, and it makes me happy,” Addie said. 


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