LIVINGSTON, NJ — Livingston two-year-old Bella Singer made the 2020 holiday season more joyful for senior residents of local nursing homes by sending hundreds of personalized, handmade holiday cards.

Not being able to visit her family over the holidays, Bella expressed her love by sending special photos and paintings to her grandmother. As she did so, Bella’s mother, Husniye Singer, said her daughter’s creativity sparked the idea that Bella should do the same for other local seniors who are “even more secluded than normal” this holiday season due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

According to Husniye, Bella was inspired by the paintings and lithographs that currently hang on the walls of her family’s home. The artwork has special meaning to the Singer family, as they were created by Bella’s grandfather, Arnold Singer, who was a prominent professor of fine art at Cornell University.

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“It seems clear that Bella’s inspiration was the result of seeing all those paintings throughout the home, and it’s a good reminder that the small things we do in life still matter,” said Husniye. “Bella became very focused and deliberate as she set out to make the hundreds of paintings. As she made each one, she had a big smile on her face and was often heard laughing. I added some uplifting notes to the cards."

Recognizing that “many seniors are spending their holiday season alone and isolated this year due to COVID-19,” Husniye said the entire Singer family “hopes that this act of kindness will bring some extra joy to the elderly and brighten their day.”

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