MEDFORD, Mass. (WBZ NewsRadio) — Less than a week away from Valentine's Day, and residents at the Medford Rehabilitation & Nursing Center have plans: a Valentine-themed prom dance.
"We wanted to give them experiences they haven't had in years. For a year-and-a-half these people were stuck looking at four walls, weren't allowed to leave their rooms, couldn't have visitors- it was sad," said the MRNC's Activities Director Jacqueline Wilkes.
Amenities for the dance include food, entertainment, and the MRNC staff will even dress as waiters and waitresses, Wilkes said.
Wilkes said that the center's staff have been decorating for the prom for a month, and asked that anyone with extra gowns or suits consider donating them to the MRNC for the holiday dance. The MRNC said that they will take any size or color garments for the senior citizens to wear during the event.
Wilkes said that the prom was something that her residents deserved after being cooped up inside because of the COVID-19 pandemic.
"I love my residents," Wilkes said, "they really truly are the best, and I like to give to them- let them know that people do care. A lot of them don't have family anymore and they have nobody, so they look for us."
Donations can be dropped off on location at 300 Winthrop Street, Medford, or donators can contact the center's staff to come and pick them up if the clothes are near the facility.
WBZ's Brooke McCarthy (@BrookeWBZ) reports.