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Northern California Church Members Organize Sabbath Afternoon Parades of Appreciation

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For the past few months, members of a long-standing small group at the Pleasant Hill church have been organizing surprise Sabbath afternoon parades of appreciation for older members. A few days ahead of time, church member Julie Guiao calls a family member of the honored person, asking if she can drop off a treat after church in a socially distanced manner. As seniors wait for her arrival in their front yards, a parade of decorated cars goes by, with people waving and honking. Participants leave balloons, flowers, treats, and other gifts for the seniors. The idea came from an Adventist church in Hawaii, where many members have participated in multiple parades. Guiao and her friends hope the idea will spread in the NCC. “My favorite part is the look of delight on the faces of the people,” said Guiao. “The parades are a fun way to let them know that we are thinking of them. We’re getting just as much enjoyment out of it as they are.”

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