(Meredith/CNN) -- The coronavirus pandemic has left assisted living facility residents especially isolated as visitor access remains shut down.
Victorian Senior Care, which manages 14 North Carolina facilities, came up with a creative way to ease the strain of social isolation.
It's an old school idea with a 21st century twist: using social media to connect residents with pen pals around the world.
It took just one question for the post on Facebook to go viral: "Will you be my pen pal?"
The online response was absolutely massive as packages as far away as Germany and New Zealand.
You can also send the packages and letters to this address:
Phoenix Assisted Care
(Pen Pal Name Here)
201 West High Street
Cary, North Carolina 27513