Lynchburg nursing home holds drive-thru Mother’s Day parade

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LYNCHBURG, Va. (WFXR) — In Lynchburg, the Summit Assisted Living Center held a drive-thru Mother’s Day parade for families to see and interact with their mothers from a safe distance.

Signs of all shapes, sizes, and colors headed for The Summit to wish the mothers there a happy Mother’s Day.

“It’s very different this year, obviously,” said Brenda Dixon, Marketing Director for The Summit. “And so we wanted to put together an event for families to be able to come and see their mothers.”

Dixon said it’s been difficult for residents to stay isolated from their families. As such, this event came with a lot of surprise and anticipation for residents, especially for 84 year-old Mildred Barringer.

“Oh! I was very excited because I figured this would be this first year I would never get to see my sons on Mother’s Day,” Barringer said.

Many of the mothers made signs of their own. For example, Barringer greeted both her sons Sunday afternoon with some nostalgia on her sign, which read “I love you to the moon and back.”

“Oh! I used the read them that book: I Love You to The Moon and Back,” Barringer said.

“They keep coming,” Dixon said. “It’s incredible seeing everybody out here, seeing all the signs and the waves and the smiles. It’s been a lot of fun.”

Some of these families have not been able to see each other for weeks. Even if it requires social distancing, that face-to-face interaction with loved ones will be cherished until the next visit.

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