Brandon Oaks employee brightens residents’ days with art

Published: Apr. 15, 2021 at 12:44 PM EDT
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ROANOKE, Va. (WDBJ) - In a time of isolation, one Brandon Oaks employee used art to bring cheer to the retirement community’s residents.

Just like other retirement communities across the country, Brandon Oaks shuttered its doors to visitors in March of 2020, due to the coronavirus pandemic, leading to a year-long period where residents couldn’t visit with their family or friends. But laundry aide Mallorie Marin had an idea on to bring a smile to those residents’ faces.

Marin turned to what she knew best: art. She began creating sketches on the tickets delivered to residents with their laundry.

“I just thought I’d make them smile; they make me smile so I wanted to try to brighten their day a little bit,” Marin said. She added, “Since people, their families and friends, couldn’t come see them, I wanted to do something special for them.”

Marin sketched drawings themed around holidays and shared words of encouragement. Her unique drawings became popular around Brandon Oaks, and residents began keeping their laundry tickets. Word got around, and those who had kept her drawings came together to put on an art show in Marin’s honor.

Brandon Oaks said “Marin’s small gesture of thoughtfulness brought so much joy in a time when we really needed it the most.”

Take a look at some of Marin’s drawings below:

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