One of the central facets of the holiday season is connection. But, connecting with others in-person this year is complicated by the coronavirus pandemic.

Some of the people most affected by COVID-19 isolation are seniors citizens living in care and rehabilitation facilities. In a non-pandemic year, the holidays would already be a time of loneliness for some seniors. In an era of unprecedented death and hardship, senior homes are feeling it now more than ever.

“During this time, a note from a perfect stranger can be the highlight of someone’s day,” says Colleen Musselman, Garden Spot Village director of life enrichment.

According to some care facilitators, a simple season’s greetings can mean the world to seniors who aren’t able to visit with their families, if there is family to visit at all.

“They are a generation of people of people that sent and received letters. There wasn’t a Facebook to go on to connect with people when they were growing up,” says Michelle Young-Nell, marketing director at Lancashire Hall.

So, consider spreading a little cheer this holiday season. Here are a few Lancaster County senior homes accepting Christmas cards this season.

Note: The senior facilities listed below have confirmed that cards may be sent. If you represent a senior home that would like to be listed here, please email [email protected].

Brethren Village

Send to: Brethren Village c/o Lauren Rineer, 30001 Lititz Pike, Lititz PA, 17543

Conestoga View Nursing & Rehabilitation

Send to: Conestoga View, 900 E King St, Lancaster, PA 17602

Fairmount Homes

Send to: Fairmount Homes, 333 Wheat Ridge Drive, Ephrata, PA 17522

Garden Spot Village

Send to: Garden Spot Village attn: Life Enrichment, 433 S. Kinzer Ave. New Holland, PA, 17557

Lancashire Hall

Send to: Lancashire Hall c/o Michelle Young-Nell, 2829 Lititz Pike, Lancaster, PA 17601

The Long Community Assisted Living

Send to: The Long Community at Highland attn to: Assisted Living, 600 E Roseville Rd., Lancaster, Pa 17601

Masonic Villages at Elizabethtown

Send to: Masonic Village at Elizabethtown c/o Emily Connors MHCC-Therapeutic Recreation, 600 Freemason Drive, Elizabethtown, PA 17022

Note: Masonic Village has a pre-existing program called “Sending Smiles,” which encourages people to send cards as well as crossword books, adult coloring books and colored pencils. Visit for more information.

St. Anne’s Retirement Community

Send to: St. Anne’s Retirement Community attn: Activities Department, 3952 Columbia Ave., Columbia, PA 17512

United Zion Retirement Community

Send to: United Zion Retirement Community c/o Megan Weiss, 722 Furnace Hills Pike, Lititz, PA 17543

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