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A surprise delivery

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Gina Duwe
April 23, 2010

Folks over at the senior center had been planning to buy a Nintendo Wii game system recently.

That changed with a phone call and a visit from 10-year-old Lorenzo Little.

"How would you like one for free?" Lorenzo's dad, Greg, recalls asking.

As of Monday, the senior center now has a Wii for free, thanks to Lorenzo. It’s part of his “Elder-Wii Project,” which he started around Christmas time after visiting his great grandmother in the nursing home.

“(Residents) always look so bored,” he told me for this story. “So I thought that at home, if I enjoyed my Wii, why wouldn't they enjoy a Wii?”

Ever since then, he’s been collecting donations and is planning a fundraiser so that he can place Wii systems in as many area senior living homes or centers as he can.

So, back to Evansville. His delivery on Monday was his third Wii donation, and his dad, Greg, says Lorenzo has nearly enough money raised to place two more Wiis soon.

“Everybody was just so surprised and thrilled,” said Janis Ringhand, who was at the senior center to receive Lorenzo’s donation.

Lorenzo also spent some time teaching them how to use the Wii. In the picture and the video below, you’ll see him teaching Bob Olsen, secretary of Creekside Place and vice president of Primetimers, how to play Wii bowling.

It’s a great addition to the center coming from a great kid.

To learn more about The Elder-Wii Project, check out the project’s Facebook page.



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