Since we are not together much anymore, I wanted to share what we’ve been up to over in the UCP office. Over the last three weeks, we have visited over 100 members at 60 homes from Nipomo to Shandon for the infamous UCP Parades.
We wanted to let each of our members know that we miss and care for each of them and that even though we’ve all been sheltering at home for so many weeks, they are not forgotten about. We delivered goody bags filled with puzzles, craft supplies, activity books, popcorn and candy to help everyone have something to combat the boredom they may be feeling.
With social distancing and masks, we were greeted with smiles and enthusiastic waving and innumerable “air hugs” at each of the houses, and were told over and over again by the members and care givers how much us stopping by for just a few minutes was the highlight of the day. One parent even had pizza delivered to us before we got started for the day to show their appreciation. To add to the fun and spirit of the “parade,” we held signs at each house saying “stay safe”, “we miss you”, and “UCP cares.”
We couldn’t have done it without our incredible drivers, Gary, Chris and Ken, Kim calling every home, or without the help and patience from dispatching. Thank you all so much!
This was a fun distraction from all the uncertainty caused by world events, and we’ve already gotten several requests from our members to come by again. We are all looking forward to a time when we can be together again, and the UCP Parades were just one way to show our members and the community that UCP and Ride-On are still actively serving SLO County.
Miss you all! Stay safe & wash your hands! 🙂