Group of moms try to cheer up local seniors with a holiday parade

Residents of a senior center get a surprise holiday parade

DUNWOODY, Ga. — Starl Pittman said during every one of his 92 years, he’s always loved a parade.

“It was really great. I couldn’t believe they would do something like that,” Pittman said.

Over the weekend, Pittman and the other 84 residents of the Brighton Gardens of Dunwoody — a senior living center — got an early Christmas present. A parade.

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It was 20 cars long — and all of them were decorated for the holidays.

“So we’re all focused on our physical health, but there’s emotional health that’s equally as important,” Britta Engelman said.

Engelman is with the Moms Club of Dunwoody.


The group wanted to spread a little cheer over what has been a difficult year, especially for many seniors.

The pandemic has prevented them from seeing their children and grandchildren.

So the Moms Club found a way to make it work.

“Watching the little kids coming by and waving to them really lifted their spirits. They really enjoyed it,” Brighton Gardens’ activity coordinator, Samara Branch, said.

Along with the big smiles, residents also received some homemade Christmas cards.

Pittman said everybody loved it.

“It’s such a boost to everyone who lives here, you know. Especially seeing all the small children. It was tremendous,” Pittman said.

The Christmas parade was such a big hit that the Moms Club is thinking about doing it every year.

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