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Birthday cards travel the world to celebrate Franklin residents' 97th, 98th years

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As two Morning Pointe of Franklin residents passed rare milestones in their lives, cards expressing congratulations filtered in from all over the United States and even beyond.

Dymple Franks turned 97 years old on Sept. 11, and just a couple days later, Lilian Daniel turned 98.

“I am so appreciative and shocked that so many people would care enough to send me cards,” Franks said.

While an in-person birthday party happened safely within the walls of the women's assisted living facility, others have shared in the celebration remotely by sending cards not only from Williamson County but from nearly every state in the country and even as far as Australia.

It all started when the Morning Pointe team posted on its Facebook page, asking the community to send in cards for the residents.

“It’s been an unbelievable experience,” said Abbi Nelson, the life enrichment director at Morning Pointe. “I can’t believe how far the campaign has spread."

As of last week, both Franks and Daniel had each received over 100 cards, and they just kept coming.

“I will be opening these cards for the rest of my life,” Daniel laughed.

Bradley Hamilton, executive director of Morning Pointe of Franklin, said the two ladies have been so excited to see their stacks of cards continue to pile up.

“In this time of COVID and with limited but creative visitation opportunities, these cards mean the world to Dymple and Lilian, and I can’t say thank you enough to all those who have taken the time to write in and send a special birthday message,” he said.

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