“The Pen Pal Project” connects college students and senior citizens during the pandemic.

Published: Feb. 8, 2021 at 5:41 PM EST
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NEW RIVER VALLEY, Va. (WDBJ) - There’s a special kind of pen pal program for college students and senior citizens.

It’s called “The Pen Pal Project.”

It pairs seniors and college students and allows them to communicate through letters, emails or a call.

Radford Parks and Recreation paired up with YMCA at Virginia Tech to create the program for college students and people 50 years old and up.

Organizers say it is to help seniors and college students get through the pandemic together.

“It’s like a really awesome way to prevent that social isolation that I think a lot of us are feeling right now and having us come together and get through this tough time,” said organizer Sam Steiner.

If interested in participating, you can Sam Steiner at or contact Audrey Caldwell at

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