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GATESVILLE, Texas (CBSDFW.COM) — Elderly residents at one Texas nursing home are using their time in isolation during the COVID-19 pandemic to reach out and hopefully make some new friends.

Dozens of residents at Hillside Medical Lodge in Gatesville — about 100 miles north of Austin — are looking for pen pals.

Fifty-two residents told workers at the home they wanted to participate in a Pen Pal Around the World campaign.

(credit: Hillside Medical Lodge/Facebook)

All of the participating residents took pictures with a whiteboard that explains who they are and some of the things they enjoy.

The campaign is just getting underway, but the residents say they’re excited to see how many letters they receive and how many new friends they make.

Workers at Hillside Medical Lodge say they always try to keep residents engaged. The home has done a Wellness Around the World campaign where residents learn about different countries and participate in activities related to that country.

(credit: Hillside Medical Lodge/Facebook)

Anyone wanting to participate in the Hillside Pen Pal Around the World campaign can look for a match on their Facebook page and then send letters to:

Hillside Medical Lodge
c/o “resident name”
300 S. Hwy 36 Bypass
Gatesville, TX 76528

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Speedboat Taking Migrants to Greece Partially Sinks; 1 Dead

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — A speedboat that appeared to have been smuggling migrants to the Greek island of Rhodes from nearby Turkey partially sank before reaching land, leaving one person dead, Greece's coast guard said on Monday.

The coast guard said it received information about the speedboat near the northwestern coast of Rhodes on Monday morning. Thirteen people who had been on board were found safe on the nearby shore, while the body of one man was recovered.

The survivors told authorities that a total of 14 people had been on board the speedboat. However, coast guard patrol boats were searching the area in case of others who might have been on board.

Greece remains one of the most popular routes into the European Union for people fleeing conflict and poverty in Asia, Africa and the Middle East.

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