Residents can "Adopt a Grandparent" in Swampscott by sponsoring a balloon buddy for seniors. (Courtesy photo)
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Swampscott woman asks community to ‘Adopt a Grandparent’

SWAMPSCOTT — Swampscott resident Carolina Velasquez is encouraging the community to "Adopt a Grandparent," a national initiative she has joined that aims to bring joy to seniors during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

"Adopt a Grandparent" is an initiative the balloon community has been rolling out this month. It consists of various entertainment businesses partnering with local senior centers and assisted living facilities to provide the elderly with "balloon buddies." 

"The idea is that community members will buy a 'balloon buddy' and once every senior for our current location is 'adopted,' we will create the balloon buddies and deliver them," said Velasquez, a social worker with …

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