ORLEANS — You could feel Carol Counihan’s excitement as she and her husband Tim decorated their van in the Nauset Regional Middle School parking lot May 27. They were going to see her mother, Lillian Blakely, at The Terraces Continuing Care Community for the first time in months. And they had lots of company.
More than 50 cars, vans, and police and fire vehicles gathered last week for a “Love Caravan” to the Terraces and on to Brewster to cruise by Pleasant Bay Nursing and Rehabilitation Center and The Woodlands at Pleasant Bay. “We want to express our love and support for both the residents and staff members,” said Rev. Wesley Williams, who organized the event with Jim and Ellen Ehrhart and Larry and Cindy Squire.
Residents waved from the porches of The Terraces as the parade of cars decorated with flags, posters, ribbons, balloons, and stuffed animals passed. “Oh, my gosh,” said one observer impressed by the length of the procession. “They’re not stopping!”
“It was such an uplifting day for all,” said Maureen Kalivas, administrator of The Terraces. “Staff took such pride in helping our residents get dressed in patriotic colors. Residents were excited. There were many tears from our staff, who were overwhelmed by the support. A big thank you to everyone who participated.”