90-Year-Old Wanda and Her New Friend Are Finding Pals for the Elderly

Marleen Brooks, a Missouri resident, returned home to find a note from an elderly woman, one who lived "just down the street."

"Mrs ? Would you consider [becoming] my friend?" the note began.

"I'm 90 years old—live alone. All my friends have passed away. I'm so lonesome and scared. Please. I pray for someone."

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From then on, Brooks would have a new friend named Wanda: the gray-haired senior who had written to her.

Since Wanda reached out to Brooks, the two have become inseparable.

"Wanda and I are now great friends! I visit her often and my kids bring her cookies. She knows anything she needs she can call me if I'm not there. She is an amazing person and I am blessed to have her."

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But Brooks knew that her role didn't have to stop with Wanda. She has since organized a Facebook group called Pen Pals for Seniors, a forum for the old and alone to find friends online.

A beaming Brooks had this to say to Spring.St:

"I am super busy with the group (almost 6,000 members now) that was inspired from all this."

Moderators have a zero tolerance policy for bullying on the page while maintaining a routine screening process for prospective members.

They urge:

"Remember to reach out to someone today—it may just be life-changing."

You can request to join Pen Pals for Seniors here. If you'd like to read Brooks' original post on Love What Matters, see below.