Adopting a Grandparent

By: Lauren McKay
By: Lauren McKay

Molly Denman's biological grandparents had all passed away by the time she was nine-months old. When she was five, she told her mother that she wished she had a grandparent in her life. That's when she and her mother decided to create the program, Adopt-A-Grandparent. They might not be biologically related, but you'd never know it. Molly Denman has spent the last six years with her adopted-grandmother, and she's loved every minute of it. "We were really looking for an active Granny, we wanted somebody who could come out to school programs, the school play, and hang out with us, go out to dinner, come to the house," says Program Creator Heather Denman. Molly says right when she saw Ann Christian, she knew she was the perfect Granny. "Within about 30 seconds of meeting, Molly got up and whispered in my ear, 'I want to keep this Granny,'" says Heather Denman. "It's been really amazing and special because I never had grandparents so I didn't really have that opportunity to have a relationship," says Molly Denman. Granny had just lost her husband when Molly came into her life and she didn't have any children of her own. "The whole family filled a void in my life, my husband had just passed away and I know the Lord sent them to me because they mean so much to me, and they've always meant a lot to me," says Adopted Granny Ann Christian. She's meant a lot to them, not just her granddaughter, but the whole family. "I think we thought we were going to do something for Molly, but it's really turned into something for the entire family," says Heather Denman. "It's been wonderful, and I just can't say how much they've meant to me, all these six years," says Christian. Molly created this program six years ago. Granny is the first resident at Sunnyside Retirement Community to be adopted.


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