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15-year-old delivers fun for the old

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Hita Gupta was heartbroken upon learning her regular visits to nursing homes were put on hold because of coronavirus.


"They told me that I couldn't visit because they were trying to limit interaction with seniors to prevent the spread," Gupta told CNN.


The 15-year-old had been volunteering at one facility near her home in Paoli, Pennsylvania, for more than a year -- organizing activities like trivia and bingo for the residents.


"The seniors aren't able to see their families, so that's causing loneliness, boredom and anxiety," she said.


And then she thought of her own grandparents.


"They're in India but I have calls with them on Skype. Even though they're stuck inside their homes we can speak to them. They (nursing home residents) may not have that option," Gupta explained.


So she came up with the idea to send goodie bags -- each one stuffed with one large print puzzle book, an adult coloring book and coloring pencils.




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