R.E. Mountain students Trevor Abbott, Sean Park, Siny Kim, Andy Hsieh, Alizey Sultan, Anokhi Amaradasa, Livlene Tiwana, Julia Nam and Amy Yim visited residents at two long term care facilities at Langley Memorial Hospital on Valentine’s Day. (Nirosha Amarasinghe/Special to the Langley Advance Times)

Langley teens spread the love to residents at Langley Memorial Hospital

R.E. Mountain Secondary students gifted teddy bears

A group of young teens spent Valentine’s Day spreading the love at two long term care facilities at Langley Memorial Hospital.

“I just thought it would be a great idea to get a bunch of us kids out there and just a way to spend time with them, especially on Valentine’s Day,” said Anokhi Amaradasa, a R.E. Mountain Secondary School student.

READ MORE: Lions Clubs donate generous gift to local hospital to help Langley breathe easy

The 16-year-old along with nine other kids were representing a student-run club called Project Helping Hands when they visited residents at Langley’s Marwood and Rosewood centres on Feb. 14.

“It was a surprise for them, they were really happy,” said Amaradasa. “They loved it.”

Ahead of the visit the club organized a Teddy Bear Drive after returning from winter break, where students collected nearly 130 stuffed animals to gift to residents at both centres.

“The teddy bears were an added touch to get our whole school involved,” Amaradasa said.

Students brought cards, origami and stuffed animals, said Aletta Vanderheyden, a public affairs consultant with Fraser Health.

They also partnered with residents to paint garden-themed murals on the long-term care facility’s windows, she added.

“Visits like these have a lasting impact on residents as some have few visitors,” Vanderheyden said. ”With their youthful spirit, students brought many smiles to the faces of our residents and really brighten their day and ours. Our residents really appreciate the visit and continue to reminisce about their time together days after.”

READ MORE: VIDEO: Annual Coldest Night of the Year walk in Langley raises more than $20,000

Amaradasa started volunteering with the hospital when she was 14. Since then, she has spent every Saturday organizing a weekly tea party for residents.

“I moved here from Sri Lanka when I was seven and both my grandparents are back there,” Amaradasa said. “What initially made me volunteer with the hospice at the hospital was kind of a way to spend more time with the seniors there. I don’t really get to see my grandparents, so it was great to be able to help in this way.”

Naturally, the Grade 11 student is considering a career in medicine.

“Med school is the goal,” she said “I really want to go into obstetrics and gynecology, that’s what I’m dreaming of doing – definitely medicine.”


@JotiGrewal_
joti.grewal@blackpress.ca

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

LETTER: Are Langley’s wildlife following #StayAtHome and self-isolation?

Advance Times reader Albert van der Heide discovered this ‘locked door’ in the Blaauw Eco Forest

Langley chamber takes education efforts online

A local business advocacy organization will be offering webinars, instead of in-person events

VIDEO: Virus Busters assemble to take on COVID-19 germs in Langley

A team of 20 business owners and employees are working to kill viral bacteria in public places

VIDEO: Langley schools transition students to at-home learning

During the next two weeks a new model will be rolled out to parents, pupils of kids in public school

Two Fraser Valley care home workers confirmed to have COVID-19

Health authority has a team at a Langley and a Surrey seniors facilities informing staff, residents

B.C. VIEWS: Small businesses need our help

Just as integral in neighbourhoods in Vancouver and Surrey as they are in Prince George or Kelowna

‘Tremendous’ response from blood donors has supply keeping pace with demand

About 400,000 of Canada’s 37 million residents give blood on a regular basis

Morning world update: Cases surge past 600,000; positive news in Germany

Spain suffers its deadliest day as Germany considers April 20 to possibly loosen restrictions

VIDEO: Penguins roam empty halls of Vancouver Aquarium

COVID-19 has forced the Vancouver Aquarium to close access to guests – leaving room for its residents

Significant snowfall forecast for Interior mountain passes

Allison Pass, the Okanagan Connector, Rogers Pass and Kootenay Pass could see 15 to 25 cm of snow

Kids get back to learning in B.C., online

Ministry of Education rolls out new tool for school

67 more B.C. COVID-19 cases, two more deaths in Vancouver region

Positive tests found in Surrey, Langley long-term care facilities

Most Read