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Special Delivery for Special Moms

Elderly moms in Jersey Shore Center, Eatontown, New Jersey, received an unexpected delivery of bouquets of roses on Mother’s Day.


Knox family

The Knox siblings, Julia (age 15), Nicole (age 13) and Michael (age 11), have always had a soft spot for the elderly community, according to their mom, Michele Knox, a Direct Energy Business employee located in the Iselin, NJ office. "They have been known to sing Christmas carols for local nursing home residents or drop by with homemade cookies and a smile," said Michele, adding "anything to make them feel special, since it gets lonely in a nursing home." When the pandemic hit—and quickly targeted nursing homes across the country—most elder care facilities had to completely isolate residents from family and other residents by keeping them in their rooms round-the-clock. The Knox family recognized that now, more than ever, it's a scary and lonely time for nursing home residents.


How happy you have made my Mother's Day! Due to the virus, I could not see my daughter—and my husband passed away 10 years ago. He always gave me something for the day—like a flower. You made my day!

– female resident


With Mother's Day approaching, Julia and her siblings took it upon themselves to devise and execute a plan to brighten the spirits of the female residents of their local Jersey Shore Center nursing home in Eatontown. They purchased and delivered 100 mini bouquets of roses for all of the nursing home residents, along with the female staff, in honor of Mother's Day.


A Family Affair

To finance the project, the Knox siblings put together their birthday savings and convinced their parents to match their contribution!

Helping to organize and pitch in funds for the project wasn't a hard sell for Michele, who has always been extremely compassionate toward nursing home residents due to her own personal experience—and has expressed that to her children. "My grandfather was in a nursing home, so I understand the loneliness that can set in for residents," Michele said. "I used to visit my grandfather a few times a week and he was the envy of his floor. I would make it a point to pop in his neighbors' rooms to say hello and their faces would light up. I've shared this with my children and that may be where their sensitivity, compassion and concern for the elderly comes from," she added.

Knox family


You are all so thoughtful to think of us here in this nursing home! I wish we could clone the three of you and have you here with us. May you always be so kind and thoughtful through your lives!

– female resident


The Knox siblings received notes of thanks from staff and residents that truly reflected the impact their act of kindness made. "It's been really hard for the residents [during the pandemic], as they can't see their loved ones," said one caregiver. "Mother's Day is a special day and you brightened up their day! They had tears in their eyes as we handed each of them their roses—they were so grateful that three kids would think of them and do this," she added.






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