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Erwin Health Care Center’s first public gathering since pandemic’s start scheduled for July 15

By Ty Butler

Want to show off your wheels? The Erwin Health Care Center is hosting a cookout on Friday, July 15, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. for car enthusiasts interested in bringing their new, antique or unique vehicle to the nursing home for residents to view.

“We are providing a cookout for guests that would like to bring their motorcycles, trucks, cars or whatever they feel is unique,” said EHCC Director of Activities Lisa Reightler. “I want the residents to get out and have a little fun.”

The cookout will take place in the EHCC’s parking lot where vehicles will be parked  for resident entertainment — hotdogs, chips and other amenities will be provided for guests by the facility’s staff.

Owners of classic cars over 20 years old, antique automobiles older than 45 years and vintage cars between 1919 and 1930 are encouraged to come out; however, Reightler said that anyone interested in bringing a new vehicle is also welcomed.

“We’re hoping that the old vehicles bring back memories, and if it’s new vehicles then they probably haven’t seen them, so come on out,” said Reightler.

She also touched on COVID-19’s impact on her residents, explaining how the disease disrupted a lot of social activities inside the nursing home.

“I think this will mean the world to them,” Reightler said. “For awhile we had to have activities inside rooms. They couldn’t get out and go to their friends rooms or see anyone other than their roommates or staff that works with them, so this should make their day.”

The cookout marks the nursing home’s first public gathering since the pandemic began in spring of 2020.

For more information on the Erwin Health Care Center’s cookout, call (423) 743-4131. Attendees are asked to RSVP ahead of time to accommodate for food and other preparations for the event.