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The Heritage at Sagewood cheers up fathers with drive-by parade

 Residents at The Heritage at Sagewood in Grand Island watch their kids drive by in Father's Day parade. (Credit: Diamond Nunnally)
Residents at The Heritage at Sagewood in Grand Island watch their kids drive by in Father's Day parade. (Credit: Diamond Nunnally) (KSNB)
Published: Jun. 21, 2020 at 7:35 PM CDT
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People in long term care facilities have had limited contact throughout the Coronavirus pandemic and many of them miss their families. The Heritage at Sagewood in Grand Island held a drive by parade Sunday, so fathers could finally see them.

"It was good to see them all in person rather than having to keep talking to them on the phone," said Fred Massing, a resident at The Heritage at Sagewood

At 10:00 this morning, family members drove by with some of their cars decorated. They waved and honked to their dads and yelled, "Happy Father's Day." The residents sat outside to watch the parade. They held signs that said "can't wait to hug you" and "thank you for coming."

One resident's daughter drove around multiple times just to see him. "She went around four times. Yeah, she misses her father," said John Aldana, a resident at the home.

Social distancing has been hard for everyone but especially people in assisted living homes. Its gets lonely being stuck inside.

"The only time you get to see human beings is your pill lady, your nurse. It's great to see them, really. I miss them all."

Not only were fathers happy to see their kids, they were happy to get out and enjoy the nice weather.

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