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ARTIS Senior Living launched #KindnessConnectsUs campaign with Car Parade through 3 Shoreline Towns

     The COVID-19 pandemic has brought with it a time of uncertainty, fear, loss and struggle, yet one thing has emerged to help people stay together while apart and to spread hope: kindness.
With that in mind, Artis Senior Living of Branford has launched a #KindnessConnectsUs campaign to celebrate the work of long-term care communities and others engaged in the fight against COVID-19.
     The campaign began on Wednesday, May 6 – the kickoff of National Nurses Week – with a car parade that included multiple stops at the area’s hardest hit skilled nursing facilities, hospitals and community partners.
     The police and fire departments from the towns of Guilford, Madison and Branford participated in the parade, as well as selectmen from the town of Guilford.
     “COVID-19 has hit communities that care for the elderly hard and those of us devoted to the work of these places are grieving the loss of patients, residents and clients who have become family while in our care,” said Senior Director of Community Relations Sharelle Thornton. “We are doing everything we can to keep our residents safe and we know our sister communities are doing the same in the face of daunting challenges. The Artis Senior Living philosophy of #PositivePartnerships #TheArtisWay has motivated us to strive to create an atmosphere of unity and compassion for our Long Term Care, Assisted Living and Home Care Partners.”
     Using the hashtags #StrongerTogether and #CareNotCOVID, Artis of Branford is endeavoring to show how small acts of kindness can make a big impact.
     From singing and applause on balconies to hearts for heroes on display in windowpanes, everyone is seeking out and finding ways to show gratitude, appreciation and love at a time when it is most needed.
     The local media covered this event as well.  Click the link below to see the article from Zip06.


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