By Daniel Warn / [email protected]
Prestige Senior Dwelling Rosemont hosted a drive-by automobile parade for its residents, which wound its manner from Yelm Household Medication to the senior residing facility throughout Freeway 510.
All types of automobiles, like Sandy Bellamy’s 1967 Mercury Caliente and Scott Crump’s 2014 Dodge Challenger, have been current for the present, amounting to about 30 entrants, of which Yelm Mayor JW Foster and Yelm Metropolis Council member Holly Smith have been amongst.
Smith’s entry was her 2015 Challenger SRT. She stated her automobile membership, South Sound Mopar, is used to collaborating in parades.
“We do all types of drive-by parades for locations like this and the residents identical to to know that individuals are on the market who’re keen to take trip of their day to get out and say ‘hello’ and showcase our automobiles,” Smith stated.
And he or she is actually blissful to point out off her rig, Smith stated.
“I raised my daughter on my own,” she stated. “I put her by 4 years of school and put her by her grasp’s diploma and drove Hyundais the entire time. And the day she graduated, I purchased my dream automobile.”
Crump, of Yelm, additionally heard in regards to the occasion from South Sound Mopar.
“We ain’t had a automobile present in a 12 months to go to,” Crump stated, including the shutdowns put an finish to the exhibits. “I acquired (my Challenger) performed this final summer time and nothing. I ain’t been capable of get that automobile out of the storage and present it.”
He stated he’s glad the parade lightened the seniors’ days and gave them a smile, identical to it lightened his.
And Bellamy, of Olympia, heard in regards to the present by what she known as, the “Senior Newspaper,” a e-newsletter that talks of occasions and happenings for senior residents.
“I’m blissful to have the ability to make some folks blissful, to have a smile on their face,” stated Bellamy. “Do I work on the automobile? I clear the automobile. That’s all I do – no mechanical expertise right here.”
Kylie Woods, neighborhood relations director for Status Senior Dwelling Rosemont, stated her group hosted the occasion so its residents might have an excellent time and be reminded there’s extra folks on this planet and locally apart from the Rosemont workers and guests, who’ve been restricted due to COVID-19.
The occasion is to “type of simply increase their morale and have a smile on their faces and get the neighborhood out to do one thing, as a result of every little thing’s been shut down and closed down for therefore lengthy,” Woods stated.
She stated it’s good for the seniors to have one thing to do this has a optimistic impression, including the occasion goes to be one thing they discuss for a very long time to come back.
“These occasions are my favourite factor to do with the residents,” Woods stated. “We will do actions all day lengthy, and we will go locations, however it’s the neighborhood that reminds the residents that they matter.”
Woods stated she put flyers out from Olympia to Spanaway, and used newspapers, the radio and word-of-mouth to advertise participation within the occasion.
After watching the parade, Rosemont resident Kay Remillard stated she thought it was attention-grabbing, particularly the “horse and buggy” that was on the finish of the road.
In accordance with proprietor Connie Maderious, of Yelm, the wagon was from the late 1800s and the horses have been Overlanders.
“It’s a German breed,” Maderious stated. “They’re very uncommon. There’s no more than 10 or 20 within the nation.”
Maderious and her husband Steve Maderious are 4-H leaders on the town that train horse driving to 4-H members.
“We’re simply displaying off the horses, collaborating,” Steve Maderious stated. “They’re younger. That is their first parade. It’s a small one, in order that’s an excellent place to start out them. … We’ve had them out on the road earlier than, you realize, driving. I believe they’re prepared.”
Remillard stated she additionally preferred the older automobiles within the lineup, although all of the automobiles have been attention-grabbing. She was simply blissful that individuals took the time to do one thing just like the parade for her and the opposite residents at Rosemont, she stated.
“I respect the truth that individuals are keen to come back out and spend their time in order that we have now one thing to look ahead to apart from being in our rooms,” Remillard stated.
Resident Marion Partain shared Remillard’s sentiments.
“I liked it,” Partain stated. “It was so good of these folks to come back out and showcase their automobiles and every little thing. It was very nice. It’s a pleasure spot within the day for me to have one thing like that occur right here. We keep inside a lot, so this was actually a deal with.”