Emily Allen of De Soto was expecting her first child, and because of the COVID-19 pandemic, plans for a conventional baby shower were postponed, postponed again and finally canceled.
So, friends and family planned a different kind of shower for her and her husband, Tyler.
On April 26, a parade of cars showed up at the De Soto Elks Lodge parking lot for a drive-thru shower, where the mother-to-be sat under a canopy, beaming and waving at the passersby and receiving the gifts they dropped off.
“We had at least 40 cars. It was pretty cool,” said Angie Reando, Emily’s mother. “Everybody socially distanced, and we wore our gloves and masks. Gifts were pulled from the trunks of cars and wiped down with sanitizing wipes.”.
The drive-by guests also received some goodies.
Reando thanked the Elks for helping arrange the event.
“They were supposed to have been paving the parking lot that weekend, but they postponed so we could do this,” she said. “We really appreciate it.”
Baby Wyatt Mathew Allen was born May 12, weighing 7 pounds, 7 ounces, and came home May 14.
“This is actually our second pandemic baby,” Reando said. “Our son and his wife, Jeremy and Cate Reando, had Eve Marie on April 4. “It’s been nerve-racking, with all this going on,”
Reando said some family members believe the drive-by shower idea may stick around, even with stay-at-home orders lifted.
“They said, ‘You don’t have to sit around and play games,’” she said. “Shoot, we may have started a whole new precedent.”