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Cheer Up the Lonely Day

L. J. Pesek says that Cheer Up the Lonely Day was created by her father, Francis Pesek from Detriot, Michigan. He was “a quiet, kind, wonderful man who had a heart of gold” who wanted to offer kindness to people who were lonely or forgotten, such as shut-ins or nursing homes residents who had no relatives or friends to look in on them. Francis Pesek chose this day–July 11–because it was his birthday.

So why not celebrate Mr. Pesek’s birthday today (or one day this week) by doing what he started–cheering up someone who is lonely. Perhaps you have a friend or family member who would enjoy spending time with you. Or follow Francis Pesek’s example and visit someone in a local nursing home or a member of your church who is homebound. Spend time in conversation, play board games, or interview them about their life. Share some smiles and a few hugs. And if you can’t go in person today, why not send a card to brighten their day–and promise to visit soon.

Let us know how you are cheering people up this week!

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