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9-year-old New Port Richey girl writes letters to seniors living in isolation amid coronavirus pandemic

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Posted at 4:17 PM, Mar 20, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-20 16:56:30-04

NEW PORT RICHEY, Fla. — Nine-year-old Liana Henderson has been a regular visitor at the Bear Creek Nursing and Rehab Center in New Port Richey for the past year.

From games to bed side stories, she is always brightening up everyone’s day.

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“Some of them don’t have any families or anything like that, and some of them do. If they can’t have them over and they are just really sad, and are having a lonely day, I would like to come over and say, ‘hey Im here,’” said Henderson.

With our current health crisis, visitation is no longer an option, so Henderson turned to writing letters.

“I like to say sweet things, and have an amazing day, and always have a smile on your face, and anything like that,” said Henderson.

Her passion for community service began with the Sunshine Foundation. This year, she was recognized nationally when she was chosen as a winner in the Juicy Juice Show Your Goodness Contest.

“There are younger kids that look up to her, children her age realizing, ‘hey if she can do it, I can do it’ and that’s really important this day and age so I’m pretty proud of her,” said mother Amy Henderson.

Henderson has logged more than 450 hours of service. She said making people feel special is the best part, which is why dropping off these letters is so important.

“They can’t have any visitors right now and I would like to bring some cards over there to make them happy,” said Henderson.