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"Adopt-A-Grandparent" Campaign Kicks Off In Tri-State

Just days ago, King, along with other balloon artists, joined together for a nationwide campaign called "Adopt-A-Grandparent."

Posted: Jan 13, 2021 2:54 PM
Updated: Jan 13, 2021 3:49 PM

Rachel King of Evansville is usually bringing a little brightness to birthdays, graduations, and other special occasions.

"This is something that we all as artists came together and just started," says Rachel King, Evansville Balloon Company Owner.

But now she's on another track during this health crisis.

"The response has been overwhelming," says King.

Just days ago, King, along with other balloon artists, joined together for a nationwide campaign called "Adopt-A-Grandparent."

"Everybody will get a balloon buddy," says King. "Everybody will get a card that says we appreciate you, we love you, we're thinking of you."

King is partnering with local facitilies including West River Health Campus and the Walnut Creek Alzheimer's Special Care Center.

"They've just really hard time during COVID whether that be fighting COVID in their facilities or just making sure that their residents spirits are high," says King. "So they don't, their not so sad because of the separation."

So far, there are a little more than 100 residents expected to receive a balloon buddy which will be about two feet tall, and take King several minutes to make.

"It's going to be one big family assembly line putting these babies together," says King.

King says she plans on safely working with the facilities in the coming weeks to deliver all the balloon buddies.

"They just need something to lift their spirits and let them know they're not forgotten about," says King. "Our community loves them, we're thinking about them, and just to bring them a little cheer."

If you're interested in participating in the "Adopt-A-Grandparent" campaign, you can visit

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