Hi, Fellow Community Members!
We give lots of love to the moms and dads in our lives on Mother’s Day and Father’s Day. How about sharing the love with grandparents this Sunday, September 10, for Grandparents Day?
National Grandparents Day began in the 1970s by Marian McQuade of Oak Hill, West Virginia. It was her mission to educate younger people in her community about the contributions of seniors throughout history. She also urged younger people to “adopt” a grandparent they could visit throughout their life. On August 3, 1978, President Jimmy Carter signed a proclamation to officially establish National Grandparents Day in the U.S. and help acknowledge the contributions made by older people to society and when caring for children.
Believe it or not, National Grandparents Day also has an official song, “A Song for Grandma and Grandpa,” and an official flower (forget-me-nots).
Grandparents Day is celebrated on the first Sunday after Labor Day.
So what can you do on Grandparents Day to help honor the grandparents or older people in your life? Here are a few suggestions.
- Visit your grandparents. If your grandparents live far away, consider using technology like Skype to see them. If all else fails, pick up the phone and give them a heartwarming call.
- Make a homemade gift. A mug, T-shirt, hand impression from children, or other keepsake item is ideal, according to the website Lifescript.
- Interview them. Ask them questions about their lives and record it for posterity.
- Start a new tradition. You may already visit a certain place regularly, such as a restaurant or a park, for Mother’s or Father’s Day. Start a new tradition like this in honor of Grandparents Day. Consider where your grandparent likes to go and plan to visit it each year in honor of the special day.
- Cook a special dinner. Does grandma or granddad love spaghetti? Roast beef? A good salad? A cake? Use your culinary skills to make something special.
- “Adopt” a grandparent. Not all grandparents live close to their children or grandchildren. To help share the love, arrange to spend time with someone at an assisted living facility or who is homebound and
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- Volunteer with a grandparent. Be it a real grandparent or an adopted one, make a difference in your community by volunteering together at places like a community kitchen, a local park, animal shelter, or care facility, recommends the Grandparents Day Take Action Guide.
- Spread the word about Grandparents Day on social media. The makers of the Grandparents Day Take Action Guide, a group called Generations United, is asking people to post a picture of themselves with a grandparent on social media during the first week of September. You can use one of the messages suggested by the group (see below):
“In honor of Grandparents Day, I changed my profile photo. Join me and change your photo to one that celebrates grandparents for the day. Happy Grandparents Day to all the incredible grandparents out there!”
“Grandparents are our role models, our biggest fans, and some of our oldest friends. The Sunday following Labor Day is Grandparents Day. As grandparents share wisdom, perspectives, and key civic values with us, let us take this day to appreciate and celebrate our original mentors.”
For more ideas of things to do on Grandparents Day with a favorite grandparent, check out the Grandparents Day Take Action Guide.
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