Family finds a way to celebrate loved ones 101st birthday during coronavirus pandemic

Family finds a way to celebrate loved ones 101st birthday during coronavirus pandemic

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — The coronavirus has made it difficult for families to see their loved ones in person.

Social distancing restrictions have made it nearly impossible to travel or to even visit family in senior living facilities nearby.

But despite the restrictions, one local family made it their mission to bring joy to one very special woman celebrating her 101st birthday.

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Maxine Hollowood is a feisty, tiny woman who loves to party, and Thursday just so happened to be her 101st birthday.

A celebration that would usually call for a big party filled with music and dancing, but unfortunately with social distancing in place, due to the coronavirus, her family couldn’t do that this time around.

So they had to get a little creative.

Close family friend Lori Donalty says, “You got to do what you got to do. She’s 101, and how many times do you get to celebrate something like that.”

All her family and friends decorated their cars, honked their horns and made sure the matriarch of their family felt the love.

And boy, did she.

Rhonda Dobson, Maxine’s great niece, says, “She’s been very positive throughout this whole situation. She said this is my 101st birthday and this is the weirdest birthday I’ve ever had.”

It’s a corky celebration she’ll never forget. A parade of love that reminds us all what life is truly all about -- cherishing special moments. ​

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