"Hug Time" device allows family to hug their great grandmother

Published: May. 13, 2020 at 10:52 PM CDT
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It's been said love knows no bounds and one Rockford family proves that to be true. With a little bit of ingenuity and some plastic, an 85-year-old great grandma can now hug her loved ones for the first time since the coronavirus pandemic.

“I wanted to cry because I couldn’t believe that this was happening it just means a lot,” said Rose Gagnon.

Rose Gagnon hasn't hugged her great grandchildren in more than two months, until now.

“My heart felt like it was going to burst. It filled my heart,” said Gagnon.

Rose's granddaughter Carly Marinaro built a 'hug time' device allowing her kids to safely wrap up in their great grandmother's embrace.

“I was getting to the point of ‘oh my gosh I can’t handle this I need to hug her, the kids need to hug her’ so it was just so worth it,” said Carly Marinaro.

“We’re not meant to be apart like this or be isolated and it's sad for those people that can’t be around their family members. I’m just glad that we can share this type of happiness with people,” said Marinaro.

Even though there may be a piece of plastic between these hugs, this family proves nothing can come between a great grandmother's love for her babies.

“This is what love is all about. This is precious,” said Gagnon.