Rome woman organizes hundreds of “hellos” for nursing homes

A Rome woman completed her journey to bring some cheer to nursing home residents who can not see their loved ones because of COVID-19. On Friday, Theresa Girouard delivered to her campaign’s final nursing home.

Girouard started a Facebook page and organized the mission to send loving hellos to as many local nursing home residents as possible. The response she received was beyond her expectations.

“People made cards along with drawings and letters,” said Girouard. She and her group were able to collect enough greetings from the public to service nearly 3,000 nursing home residents in 21 local facilities in Herkimer and Oneida counties. “The love, the care they gave, and the messages,” said Girouard. “It’s really the community we want to thank. It’s just awesome.”