Family creates 'hug time' shield so kids can hug great-grandma

18 Mai, 2020, 13:57 | Auteur: Anatole Charbonneau
  • Rose Gagnon 85 embraces her granddaughter and great-granddaughter. Image CBS

Families are building "hug shields" to help kids maintain physical contact with their grandparents during the coronavirus pandemic.

Many grandparents have not been able to spend adequate time with their families amid the coronavirus as they follow CDC social distancing guidelines.

An Illinois grandmother hasn't hugged her loved ones in 2 months due to the coronavirus pandemic.

"I was getting to the point of 'Oh my gosh, I can't handle this, I need to hug her, the kids need to hug her.' So it was just so worth it", Ms Marinaro said.

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When she saw the device, Gagnon said she felt like her heart was going to burst. "This is precious", Gagnon said.

"She came up with the idea, she laid it out in the family room and spent multiple hours working on it", said her mom Lindsay Okray.

Ten-year-old Paige of Riverside, California, chose to do just that after seeing a video of people using a blanket to hug their family members. Okray spoke to ABC News and explained that because she works in a COVID-19 unit as a nurse, she's doing her best to quarantine her household and keep at-risk members like her parents safe. The hugging device has a plastic barrier between the kids and their grandmother and personalized plastic gloves that allow them to stick their hands through and hug each other. "There's usually a lot of jokes told and dance moves on display!" Upon her arrival, they gather behind the plastic shield, putting their arms through long plastic gloves to receive a hug.


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