PELL CITY -- Local nonprofit Lifting Spirits of Senior Citizens held a parade for residents of Diversicare assisted living facility in Pell City.

Ivy Patillo, who runs the organization, said the nonprofit generally visits area nursing homes and brings small gift bags for the residents. With the pandemic causing a complete ban on all visitors at assisted living facilities, she hasn't been able to keep that up, and she worries many of the residents may be feeling lonely.

The parade allowed the residents to see family, friends and well-wishers driving by and sharing love and encouragement. Patillo said the parade meant a lot to residents at Diversicare but added she wishes she could return to normal visits. “I love what I do,” she said. “I just wish I could do it.”

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