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'Hope Notes' kept disabled individuals smiling, nonprofit hopes community does it again

Posted at 5:27 AM, Nov 01, 2020
and last updated 2020-11-03 10:04:35-05

TULSA, Okla. — Erasing pandemic blues can be done with something as simple as a letter or card.

The Arc of Oklahoma, a local nonprofit, hopes the community can do that for the ones they serve, individuals who are intellectually and developmentally disabled. They are prohibited from most activities because of the risk associated with COVID-19.

"We launched our Hope Notes project a few months ago, back in the summer. We launched it because individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities are really impacted by COVID right now. Many of them live at home with their families or they might live in group homes or their individual homes. Because they're at a higher risk of developing COVID, they tend to be isolated. We all know in this time how difficult it is to be isolated, away from our family and friends, to not be able to get out and do the things we enjoy doing. We decided to create an opportunity where your viewers and other people across tulsa and across the state can send us notes of hope. We're collecting those and will distribute them out. It was so popular earlier in the year. We collected over 2,200 notes, which are anything from a simple picture or drawing to just a nice hand-written note, giving them hope, just letting them know that someone is thinking about them and caring."
Lisa Turner, Executive Director of the Tulsa chapter for The Arc of Oklahoma

Volunteers will stop collecting Hope Notes on Nov. 13.

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