Have you noticed blue ribbons around many of our trees in Kirkland? Special thanks to Tricia LaVoice for spearheading this effort to show people that a simple gesture can help people feel not-so-alone during this COVID-19 outbreak. This is especially meaningful for many of our seniors that are feeling frightened and isolated, but can now look out their window in their nursing homes and know their community is thinking of them.
Tricia has wrapped over 150 trees so far! There are currently 11 nursing homes that are impacted by the virus in King County and she is focusing on using safe distancing measures while single-handedly and methodically getting to each of their trees with her ribbons of hope. This angelic lady has also adorned the trees on Park Lane, Lake St and Market St to represent the connection of the Kirkland Life Care Center to its city and our hearts. Tricia told me, "it's just my little part that I can do" and it would be great if others across the country also recognized their local nursing homes and how much meaning this can have for those residents. Just today as she was checking on the ribbons at Life Care, someone pulled up and asked if she was taking them down. "No, I'm just fixing them up" Tricia said, and the person thanked her for keeping them there as her mom really appreciates looking at them out her window.
"I wanted to share love, not fear, and this community has always been so nice and has really stepped up their game to be friendly, sweet, and supportive while still respecting the boundaries that we need to have right now." Tricia mentioned the awesomeness (is that a word?) of Kirkland Life Care and the outpouring of support they are receiving , but to remember that there are many other nursing homes and care facilities where our elder population are feeling scared and alone.
How can we help her? She's also running low on silk flowers and ribbon, so email her if you have some for a 'no contact' pickup or need a delivery address for an online order. If you have blue ribbon, you can also put some around your own trees in your yard to show your support. Like her FB page here.