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‘There are definitely better things to come.' Teen spreads hope through handmade cards to nursing home residents

A high school senior decided she was going to spread some love with kind messages to residents in nursing homes.

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Rayanna Saul is with the Kentucky YMCA, in their youth core. For her passion project she had originally volunteered with animals, but when the pandemic started, she had to switch gears. 

Her mom is high risk and she decided she needed to stay home. Ray says she thought of all the residents who can't see their families and wanted to find a personal way to bring them some hope. So, she began writing cards, decorating the outside of each envelope with bible verses. 

"I elaborated on what I'd been doing during my free time in quarantine and I just pretty much told them you know, it may be hard right now, but now that everything has started to slow down, there are definitely better things to come," said Ray about what she wrote inside each card. 

Ray plans to make over 100 cards to send to two nursing homes, one in Bardstown and one in Louisville. So far, she's finished 44 cards that will go to the nursing home in Bardstown. 

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