TEMPE, ARIZONA – The message is simple, yet moving: “To the World you are a Mother but to your family you are the World! Happy Mother’s Day.”
That message will be on signs as family members of LivGenerations Ahwatukee residents honor their mothers, grandmothers and great grandmothers with a “drive- through parade” on Mother’s Day, May 10.
LivGenerations is a senior living, independent living and memory care community at 15815 S. 50th St., in Phoenix, with 137 residents.
“Normally we do a Mother’s Day brunch and tea,” said Vibrant Living Director Nila Soliz. “This is a new event because of the COVID-19 pandemic. One of the daughters of a resident came up with the idea. We then added to it.”
LivGenerations officials sent out 105 invitations and received more than 50 confirmations from the families.
Family members will gather at 9 a.m. at the Cold Beers & Cheeseburgers, 5005 E. Chandler Blvd. The parade will wind through the community beginning at 10 a.m. For residents who can’t leave their apartment to attend the event in person, the parade will be recorded and shown to them later, officials said.
The parade will be live-streamed and social distancing will be a priority.
A sign-making event is scheduled Saturday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Tuk Café at the LivGenerations community. The signs will be displayed in front of the building then delivered to the moms’ apartments after the parade.
LivGenerations Ahwatukee last year embarked on a partnership with the National Charity League, Inc., a non-profit organization that fosters mother-daughter relationships in a philanthropic manner committed to community service, leadership development and cultural experiences.
The National Charity League hand-made more than 200 floral arrangements and will give them to LivGenerations Ahwatukee mothers, grandmothers and great grandmothers to help them celebrate Mother’s Day.