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Residents at long-term care facility in Gatesville looking for pen pals during this hard time

If you want to make a new friend and brighten the day of local senior citizens, become a pen pal today!
Credit: Hillside Medical Lodge

GATESVILLE, Texas — Fifty-two seniors at the Hillside Medical Lodge in Gatesville are looking for pen pals. The original Facebook post from Hillside Medical Lodge about residents who want pen pals went viral with more than 1,400 shares in just 24 hours. 

More than 50 residents participated in the pen pal around the world campaign. Each of them posted a picture of themselves with a whiteboard giving their name and a topic they enjoyed.

If you want to make a new friend and brighten the day of local senior citizens, you can send letters to the address below:

Hillside Medical Lodge

C/O “name” 

300 S. Hwy 36 Bypass

Gatesville, TX. 76528

"This has been a challenging time for seniors who are unable to see their families in person," Katie-Rose Watson with Hillside Medical Lodge said.

Dr. Pepper later sent the nursing home 16 cases of Dr. Pepper after they saw the pen pal request.

Bubba's 33 in Waco also posted on Facebook to help out the residents.

In a Facebook post they said, "PIZZA FOR PEN PALS: A local medical lodge (Hillside Medical Lodge) made a Facebook post recently where their residence wanted to make some socially distant new friends!"

On August 5 - 11 you can drop your Pen Pal letter off at Bubba’s 33 Waco and you’ll receive a Free 12”, one-topping pizza voucher for your next visit and Bubba's will take care of the postage.

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