A 5 year-old girl from New York went above and beyond earlier this month to make sure that the elderly residents of her local nursing home had a good start to 2021.
Aryana Chopra felt bad when she learned that those who live in the nursing home would not be able to ring in the new year with their families. Wanting to spread some holiday cheer to them, Aryana made two hundred cards by hand to hand out to them.
When Aryana’s mother Shachi saw what she was doing, she called a local nursing home and asked how many residents are there.
“They told me the number was 200. I went back to Aryana and asked, ‘Will you be able to make 200 cards? She was like, ‘Yes, Mommy, I can do that,” Shachi told CNN. “For her, at a little age, to be thinking this way, my heart totally melted.”
Over the course of two weeks, Aryana drew rainbows, snowmen, and children holding gifts for the residents of Willow Point Nursing Home in Vestal, New York. Taking things even further, Aryana decided to spend all of the money she had in her piggybank on a gift for the nursing home.
“She wanted to get a cake but the cake was not allowed because of the pandemic,” Shachi continued. “So we got a Santa Claus statue and a big vase.”
The nursing home could not have been more grateful to Aryana for what she had done.
“All of us here at Willow Point want to give a special thank you to Aryana Chopra for her care and generosity for our residents,” the nursing home wrote in a Facebook post. “Aryana has spent days make beautiful hand made cards for each one of our residents. You are going to bring so many smiles to our residents. Thank you for you generosity of cards and your special gifts.”
As for Aryana herself, she’s hoping that someday soon, “once the coronavirus goes away,” she will be able to visit the nursing home and its residents. For now, she’s focused on counting her own blessings.