Happy Grandparents Day

September 8, 2013    |    By +
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grandparents-day-gifts-from-kidsGrandparents Day is observed each year on the first Sunday after Labor Day. The holiday was the brainchild of a West Virginia citizen, Marian McQuade, who for most of her life dedicated efforts in support of the elderly and causes for people over the age of 80. Grandparents Day was her idea; she wanted to ensure that older people in nursing homes were not forgotten. The movement grew, and in 1978, President Jimmy Carter officially proclaimed the new holiday. The mother of 15 (wow!) children herself, Mrs. McQuade passed away in 2008. She was a grandmother to 40 children and a great-grandmother to eight children.

So how can you celebrate Grandparents Day? Call, visit or Skype with grandparents and other older family members. Go through your family photos and share your history with your children. And extend the circle even wider, perhaps dropping off a meal to an elderly neighbor. Mrs. McQuade encouraged young people to adopt a senior, not just on this holiday, but also throughout the year. Happy Grandparents Day, everyone!

Visit Gifts.com for ideas on gifts for grandparents, and check out our blog on age-appropriate gifts for grandparents, too.



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