During these times, finding good news is difficult. But for one small town, it’s about putting smiles on people’s faces. It’s not very often that I get to write about the town I grew up in. It’s a small town located in Cedar County in Missouri. El Dorado (Dough-Ray-Dough) Springs is one of those towns, you could visit once every four or five years and nothing changes. You are still treated to the same smiles from all businesses. The water smells terrible. Seriously, the water is really bad. I can’t explain it, but there is a spring in the middle of town where the water was sold for medicinal purposes. And before you get the idea, it does not work. But when you see your old home town making people smile during one of the hardest periods in American history, you have to share that story with the world.
Nursing Homes across the country are taking precautions when it comes to visitors due to COVID-19. And with the data of the 65+ population having the highest mortality rate in other countries, the restrictions make sense. However, a lot of those in nursing home care may not have any human interaction except with staff that is taking care of them. But, in El Dorado, they decided to have a window parade to bring some joy to individuals.
Shannon Mays and country singer Kamber Cain helped organize the event after seeing it on The Today Show.
This story hit me right in the feels. My mom spent her last years of life at Community Springs in El Dorado Springs. And to see the people in these facilities not forgotten, makes my heart happy. For two weeks, these parades have taken place. The love showed by this community is exactly what is needed in a world of bad news.
And thank you to KY3 in Springfield Mo for sharing this story.