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EDINBURGH, SCOTLAND - MAY 11: Rachel Horsman holds a rose - for the photographer - above a new installation by Paisley born Turner prize nominee, Anya Gallaccio, at her new installation Red on Green, an installation of 10,000 red roses laid upon the gallery floor, at Jupiter Artland on May 11, 2012 in Edinburgh, Scotland The new work by the Paisley born artist, accompanied by Andy Goldsworthy installation the Coppice Room, opens the fourth season at Jupiter Artland. (Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)

Where to even begin. The past year has been extremely tough. Take away the financial stress, the pandemic anxiety, and the overall just heightened tensions and a lot of people are without loved ones during all of that. I know first hand. My grandma is in an assisted living facility and I haven’t seen her in over a year. Over a year! That means that there are people who haven’t seen their parents, their loved ones face-to-face for over a year. It may be hard for us, but can you imagine how hard it is on the elderly? Breaks my heart to even think about it.

That’s why when I saw that a small business owner here in Charlotte, North Carolina has found a way to lift the spirits of nursing home residents – I was all in! Tiffany Donovan is the owner of “Confetti Castle” and she recently decided that it was time to give back with her new “Adopt a Grandparent” program.

For $25, people can have a bouquet of balloons delivered to a local nursing home to “send them a smile.” Donovan’s business is all about delivering happiness through event styling and her new offering fits right in. People seem to be loving it, she’s received orders for more than 400 “adoptions” in the first three days. The price is at-cost and just covers supplies, so she isn’t making money off this. She actually just wants to remind nursing home residents that they are loved, even if they can’t come see them in person.