There's A New Gang In Town - And Their Weapon Of Choice Is Kindness
Wait until you see how a group of do-gooders has been spreading joy to seniors and other essential workers in their community.
There's a new gang on the streets in northern California, and their numbers are growing by the day. But this particular gang isn't about causing mayhem – in fact, they do just the opposite.
The "Elder Kindness Gang" is a group of volunteers who meet up every week and do a car parade to nearby senior living centers to cheer up the residents and staff. The volunteers gather before each parade to decorate their cars with signs, balloons and anything else that might spark some joy.
"I think just showing that we took time to decorate our cars and drive by to celebrate everybody, it goes along way," Lyndsey Parker, a volunteer with the Elder Kindness Gang, told ABC-10.
While there have been a lot of car parades over the past few months to celebrate birthdays, graduations and other milestone events, the Elder Kindness Gang is the only group that we know of that's doing them on a regular basis as an act of kindness.
The EKG was formed by a group of women who, according to their Facebook page, wanted to "connect people with opportunities to volunteer to be the change for our senior community, to increase their quality of life one act of kindness at a time."
The Elder Kindness Gang performs acts of kindness and holds volunteer events to help seniors in Sacramento, CA. Elder Kindness Gang/Facebook
The Elder Kindness Gang has been spotted at different senior living centers all over the San Francisco Bay. They recently visited a number of senior living centers in Roseville, CA,including Brookdale Sterling Court, where they honked, waved and brought smiles to the residents and staff who rushed outside to greet them.
"It made my heart beat so fast," Leah Ontiveros, a Brookdale staff member, said. "This is something that we needed so badly for our seniors, and we are so excited that we were on the run."
Parade members decorate their cars together before starting on the day's route. Elder Kindness Gang/Facebook
Along with more car parades, the EKG is planning other events to help seniors, including an upcoming donation drive where they'll be collecting canned goods and other non-perishable groceries.
The Elder Kindness Gang has partnered with other organizations to bring more attention to their cause, like Right At Home, an in-home care provider in Sacramento, and Walk to End Alzheimer's.
The EKG's car parade routes include stops at senior living centers, police stations and hospitals. Elder Kindness Gang/Facebook
"There are ways that, even socially distant, we can show kindness," Parker said. "It's just showing that hey, you're not alone and we're all in this together."