UK Nursing Homes Are Looking for Volunteers to ‘Adopt’ a Grandparent for Virtual Visits

This woman's 'adopted' grandson is showing her some sourdough bread he baked from scratch.
This woman's 'adopted' grandson is showing her some sourdough bread he baked from scratch.
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CHD Living, a chain of nursing homes in England, is making sure their self-isolated residents don’t get lonely due to the lack of visitors by launching a virtual version of its “Adopt a Grandparent” program. Before the novel coronavirus outbreak, CHD Living had a similar program in which they encouraged those who lived by the homes to come visit their residents.

As iHeartRadio reports, CHD Living—which includes 13 nursing homes in and around London—is inviting English speakers all over the globe to volunteer for the program, which mostly entails chatting with your adopted grandparent via video or phone call, sharing cheerful stories about your life, and/or mailing them letters, pictures, poems, or postcards.

"The nature of care means that we’re looking after some of the most vulnerable members of society at the moment,” a CHD Living spokesperson told iHeartRadio. “We are however keen to keep spirits in the homes high, and so have been thinking of ways that we can continue to enrich the lives of our residents whilst providing them with stimulation and companionship.”

All you have to do to apply is fill out an online form with some personal information and a few details about your interests. After that, a representative will match you with a “Grandma” or “Grandpa” with compatible hobbies and contact you to arrange a short screening call and discuss the next steps.

CHD Living prefers that volunteers have access to Facebook or WhatsApp—which, according to the website’s FAQ section, are easiest to use with the Facebook Portal TVs installed in each nursing home—but the staff will consider alternate video platforms like Zoom, FaceTime, or Skype with individual volunteers if necessary.

If you’re interested in spending some quality quarantine time with a new friend across the pond, you can fill out an application here.

[h/t iHeartRadio]

Blue Apron’s Memorial Day Sale Will Save You $60 On Your First Three Boxes

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If you’ve gone through all the recipes you had bookmarked on your phone and are now on a first-name basis with the folks at the local pizzeria, it might be time to introduce a new wrinkle into your weekly dinner menu. But instead of buying loads of groceries and cookbooks to make your own meal, you can just subscribe to a service like Blue Apron, which will deliver all the ingredients and instructions you need for a unique dinner.

And if you start your subscription before May 26, you can save $20 on each of your first three weekly boxes from the company. That means that whatever plan you choose—two or four meals a week, vegetarian or the Signature plan—you’ll save $60 in total.

With the company’s Signature plan, you’ll get your choice of meat, fish, and Beyond foods, along with options for diabetes-friendly and Weight Watchers-approved dishes. The vegetarian plan loses the meat, but still allows you to choose from a variety of dishes like General Tso's tofu and black bean flautas.

To get your $60 off, head to the Blue Apron website and click “Redeem Offer” at the top of the page to sign up.

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You Can Watch a Free Livestream of John Wick This Friday Night

You’re going to be stuck at home, and Keanu Reeves is going to be wearing this turtleneck. Also, it’s for charity.
You’re going to be stuck at home, and Keanu Reeves is going to be wearing this turtleneck. Also, it’s for charity.
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This Friday, May 8, John Wick is donning his best black suit and coming out of retirement all over again to bring you an action-packed movie theater experience at home.

To put it in plain terms, Lionsgate will livestream John Wick (2014) for free on YouTube tomorrow night, starting at 9 p.m. EST. Even if you’re a certified John Wick superfan who owns the entire trilogy on DVD and rewatched the first film just yesterday, you might still want to tune in to this event—it’s hosted by Jamie Lee Curtis and features special messages from several key franchise cast members, including Halle Berry, Lance Reddick, Asia Kate Dillon, and the man behind the sharp-dressed sharpshooter himself: Keanu Reeves.

Directors Chad Stahelski and David Leitch will also make virtual appearances, as will a few familiar faces who aren’t affiliated with the John Wick universe, like Keira Knightley, Jesse Eisenberg, and Melissa Joan Hart, who will offer words of support and gratitude to movie theater workers furloughed during the coronavirus pandemic.

The star-studded affair is the latest in the “Lionsgate Live: A Night at the Movies” series, where a different film is aired on YouTube each Friday night. So far, they’ve livestreamed The Hunger Games (2012), Dirty Dancing (1987), and La La Land (2016), making this week’s selection the first geared toward action film aficionados.

Though the livestreams are completely free, the goal of the initiative is to raise money for the Will Rogers Motion Picture Pioneers Foundation, which is currently providing financial relief to out-of-work theater employees. If you’d like to contribute to the fund—maybe the amount you’d normally spend on a movie ticket—you can do so here.