NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) — Families celebrated Mother’s Day from afar as no visitors are allowed in care facilities or nursing homes due to COVID-19.
At Nashville Center for Rehabilitation and Healing, family members stopped by to drop off presents at the front door for their moms.
"It’s hard you know, we usually have a big get together and all of that, so it’s definitely challenging, but you just try to keep encouraging your mom that we’ll get together soon," Stephanie Moore said.
Brenda Delgado wishes they could see her mom too, but that these facilities can’t allow visitors to protect everyone from COVID-19.
“She always wants to know why I’m not there. She doesn’t quite understand why I don’t come every day now,” Delgado said.
Delgado brought over a night gown and chewing gum to be delivered to her mother.
“I had to just say a prayer this morning and say okay God, she’s in your hands I can’t be there,” Delgado said. “Can’t celebrate but she knows that I love her.”
While thinking about the health care workers watching over the residents, Delgado got an idea. She reached out to Slim and Husky’s to see if they would provide lunch for the employees... and they did.
"We always want to be good stewards, and good neighbors, and we think that the best way for us all to make it through this time is by us all doing things like we’re doing today," Jason Williams said.
Williams is the culinary director at Slim and Husky’s Pizza Beeria. He hopes some comfort food will give workers hope as they take care of sick and healthy residents. “We’re happy to help.”
A little gesture of kindness to show their appreciation.
“I think it’s great. I mean I can’t imagine what the workers are trying to do and keep everybody healthy, and safe, and all of that, so very thankful,” Moore said.
Moore and Delgado are crossing their fingers— hoping COVID-19 clears up soon so they can see their loved ones next Mother’s Day.
“It’s the most difficult thing, and I really sympathize with servicemen, the military, because now I understand what it means to be separated from someone you love on a special day,” Delgado said.
Several employees at the Nashville Center for Rehabilitation and Healing let family members FaceTime their loved ones on Mother's Day too.