Children cheer up seniors with words of inspiration


Devon Legrear, Kayla Legrear, Kira Legrear, Maggie Harden, Alyssa McLain and Abby Sanchez stand by a window that they painted recently.

Area youths and sponsors helped raise the spirits of residents and staff at assisted living facilities. 

Images and inspirational slogans were painted on windows of residences at Autumn House, Discovery Village and the Life Care Center in Melbourne. Volunteers visited Zon Beachside in Indian Harbour Beach, Victoria Landing in Melbourne, Palm Cottages in Rockledge and Viera Del Mar.

“There were a bunch of flowers, stars, ladybugs, bumble bees and slogans such as ‘heroes work here,’ ” said Alonso Anderson.

The effort was organized by Alonso and Kara Anderson of Simplifying Senior Living and Rachel McLain from the Law Office of Amy B. Van Fossen in Melbourne. 

Participants included Alonso Anderson, Rachel, Devin and Alyssa McLain, Abby Sanchez, Jada and Ely DeMendonca, Devon, Kayla and Kira Legrear and Maggie Harden.