A car parade will depart the Castlegar Community Complex at 10 a.m. on Friday and visit local seniors facilities. File photo

Decorated car procession to visit Castlegar care homes

The event is taking place Friday morning

A Castlegar woman with time on her hands thanks to social distancing has come up with an idea to bring some cheer into the lives of local seniors.

Self-professed extrovert Celina French was longing for some social interaction when she began to think about how lonely people living in care homes must be.

She decided that although COVID-19 restrictions are keeping people from visiting friends and loved ones living in these facilities, it didn’t mean that the community could not band together to encourage them.

French came up with the idea of organizing a car parade for Friday that will go around the community to local care facilities and retirement complexes.

French is encouraging the community to come out and show some love to local seniors.

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People are encouraged to decorate their cars and make signs with encouraging messages. French has also donated a $50 gift certificate to her business X-Treme Grilled Cheeze for the best-decorated vehicle.

The parade will leave the Castlegar Community Complex at 10 a.m. sharp, so participants are encouraged to arrive early enough to get set up.

For more details, check out the Old Folks Home Parade in Castlegar Facebook page.


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