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Gowanda seniors treated to a parade

The Gowanda Police Department, the Gowanda Fire Department and the families and friends of the residents took place in the parade held to raise residents' spirits during this time where they cannot see their families in person.

GOWANDA — The Gowanda Rehabilitation and Nursing Center residents watched a parade organized just for them recently.

The car parade included most of the residents’ families and friends, as they were invited and encouraged to participate. The parade was led by the Gowanda Police Department and the Gowanda Fire Department.

The car parade was planned by the center to lift the spirits of the residents, as they will not be able to see their loved ones in person for however long the restrictions will last. Until the parade, the only communication between the residents and their families was video calls or phone calls.

These methods are not something most residents are accustomed to, as they are used to being visited weekly or daily by their loved ones. The parade gave the residents a chance to see their families.

“It was a huge success,” Heather Juul said. “So many families came and they decorated their cars, honked, waved, and said ‘hello’ to their loved ones.”

The center brought the residents outside to sit and watch the parade while maintaining social distancing guidelines between the residents. Juul explained that this was an important event for the residents, as this is such a difficult time for them because they can’t see their loved ones every day.

“It was a perfect day,” Juul said.

The Gowanda Rehabilitation and Nursing Center residents enjoy the parade held for them. Submitted Photos

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