A sweet surprise

BEAT students handed out valentines and talked with residents at the Brunswick Danbury Senior Living facility.

BRUNSWICK — Every Valentine’s Day for the past five years, students from the Brunswick Beat Video Program (www.thebeat22.com) thank their sponsors Plum Creek Assisted Living and Danbury Brunswick by creating and delivering personally-designed Valentine’s Day cards for each of the facility’s residents.

On Feb. 8, that tradition continued as over 150 cards were delivered to residents.

This year’s event was extra-special as students were joined by Cleveland Cavaliers Legends Michael “Campy” Russell and Larry Nance, Sr. who helped hand out valentines to the residents.

Both Russell and Nance took time out of their day to come support both the students and the seniors. They talked, took pictures with and got to know each resident.

“We’ll all end up like these guys if we’re lucky,” Russell said, “so I am happy to come out here and make their days better.”

While the residents loved the valentines, they especially enjoyed the company of the students. Each student took a few minutes to talk to the residents as they handed out valentines, chatting about life, sports and anything that came to mind.

“I talked with a woman named Peggy,” said Matthew Kovach, BEAT manager. “We talked about her day and, at the end, she gave me a valentine that she had made for me. I think it made both of us feel great.”

Marie Gillespie, a Plum Creek resident, agreed.

“It makes me so happy when I get to see all these young people. It’s a great experience for everybody involved,” Gillespie said. “I can’t wait to see it next year!”

Luke Wilmot is a sophomore at Brunswick High School.

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