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This Indian girl is bringing smiles on faces of nursing home residents in the US

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The Fact News Service

April 24

15-year-old Hita Gupta brings smiles on faces of hundreds of Americans who are stressed being in the hospitals because of Coronavirus outbreak. The reports suggest that she sends them gifts and spirit-lifting notes just to make them happy. It includes people from all age groups, senior citizens and youngsters.

Hita Gupta, an Indian-American student from Pennsylvania’s Conestoga High School, runs an NGO ‘Brightening A Day’. She aims to spread love, hope and joy among America’s nursing homes’ residents, especially senior citizens, to cheer them up and keep up their spirits to fight against COVID-19.

Gupta sends them handwritten notes and gift packs containing puzzle and colouring books and a packet of colour pencils to lighten up their mood.

In an email interaction with PTI, she reportedly said, “It saddens me to think of how lonely or depressed many nursing home residents feel as they cannot see their loved ones. Our seniors are already one of the most isolated groups.”

Further, she said, “During this uncertain time, which is causing panic among many seniors, it’s our responsibility to let them know that they are not alone. I started sending gift packs to nursing homes using self-funding. Now, I have sent them to residents of 16 local nursing homes.”

She said that each gift pack contains a puzzle book, a colouring book, and a pack of colour crayons or pencils. Also, it contains a note from his nine-year-old from his brother.

Her NGO has reached more than 2,700 kids and senior citizens in 50 hospitals and nursing homes in seven different states in the US. Other than this, she has sent supplies to orphanages in India.

Her efforts have been praised by the US embassy in New Delhi. The embassy, on Facebook, reportedly wrote, “Need some inspiration? 15-year-old Hita Gupta, from Pennsylvania, USA, is brightening the lives of nursing home residents with gift packs through her NGO, Brighten A Day.”

Right now, the US is a worst-hit country by Coronavirus. It has infected more than 8 lakh Americans and over 46,000 deaths have been reported so far in the US.

(With inputs from agencies)

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