Residents at Independence Village in Grand Ledge talk surrounded by holiday decorations.

Grand Ledge businesses adopt senior citizens isolated during pandemic

To battle the potential isolation last year — and facing the loss of many of its own activities — the Grand Ledge Chamber of Commerce in 2020 adopted 50 residents of area long-term care facilities and those served by other senior citizen programs, providing holiday gifts donated by local businesses. The organization is continuing the program this year, providing gifts to 75 residents of area facilities.