Local 14-year-old boy works to help elderly enjoy sunshine

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GREENVILLE, N.C. (WNCT) – Summer is right around the corner and many people are getting outside and enjoying the warmer temperatures.

14-year-old Joshua Street says he’s working to build an outdoor patio at Southern Living Assisted Care to help others enjoy the sunshine. He started volunteering there years ago, playing bingo with the residents.  He’s also working on getting his Eagle Rank, which requires doing something for his community, and he thought this was the perfect opportunity.

“They are mostly inside and there is only one spot where they can go and outside to experience and it’s a smoking area so if there is another spot, it will allow more people to go outside,” Street said. He wanted to create a better atmosphere for the 75 residents and let them have open space to wonder and relax.

Southern Living Assistant Care Administrator, Cindy Dorrity, says without Joshua, it would have been nearly impossible.

“By the time you meet the needs of the building, from foods to staffing, there is not a lot to work with, so it probably would of taken a lot longer to put a patio in like this,” explained Dorrity.

Joshua is a man on a mission, writing a proposal, going door to door for funding, and even getting manpower to help him. Residents have been looking out the door for days and couldn’t be more excited.

“Just to think about going to be able to go outside and there is going to be rocking chairs, and I love to rock, and it will make it like my grandkids are here and I think of them and its neat because I miss them so bad,” resident Nancy Chafee said.

Joshua hopes the residents will be able to feel more at home and have the opportunity to wear their shades in the summer. He hopes the patio will be complete by Memorial Day.

 

 

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