Rochester area celebrates Mother’s Day from a distance

Andrew Hyman
Updated: May 10, 2020 07:01 PM
Created: May 10, 2020 06:59 PM

ROCHESTER N.Y. (WHEC) – Whether it was by the honk of the horn, a wave of the hand out of a window, or lending a helping hand for a meal, families kept their focus on Mom on this Mother’s Day despite the coronavirus keeping everyone at a distance.

News10NBC stopped by several setups geared toward mothers across the area.

Our first stop was the Fairport Baptist Home, it’s where we found John O’Gorman and his siblings. They were just one of many families to stop by for a physically distant visit with their mothers.

Organizers allowed small groups to walk up to a window so they could wave and talk to their mothers, and the home arranged for signs to be set up to greet residents while a phone system was set up on each side of the glass to allow for the conversations.

Rochester area celebrates Mother's Day from a distance

O’Gorman said he’s kept in contact with his mother through Zoom and by calling, but this was an opportunity he did not think they’d have.

“We’re very thankful to the Baptist Home for making this opportunity available for us,” O’Gorman said.

Elsewhere, at Saint Ann’s Nursing Home in Webster, a physically distant parade saw a long line of about 90 cars past a line of mom’s sitting in lawn chairs. Cars had signs on the side, with some messages reading out words of support.

Among the spectators were Jenny Pecora and Ruth Conway, each of them wearing their masks.

“It was very nice, lots of cars, it was good,” Pecora said.

“It was amazing that there was so many cars,” Conway said.

The lines of cars did not stop there, as the Peppa Pot Jamaican restaurant in Rochester teamed up with a local Jamaican organization to serve up free curbside Mother’s Day meals to roughly 200 cars.

For Rochester’s Juanita Reid, bringing home dinner to her mom was a simple way to say thank you- especially during a difficult time.

“That’s so thoughtful because a lot of people aren’t able to go out,” Reid said.

At a time where families can’t share those same hugs, laughs and kisses as they could before, drivers like Nola Brown said that through small acts like Sunday’s people are still able to show that special love for mom on her special day,

“We’re going to get through, it’s hard, but we have to do this,” Brown said.

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