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Spring scavenger hunt among activities for kids at home

Pinecrest accepting cards, homemade masks

A post circulating around Facebook is urging area residents to participate in a spring scavenger hunt that follows social distancing rules as people try to prevent the spread of COVID-19. 

The scavenger hunt asks participants to place something in the front window of their homes that follows the theme of each week. What they make should be large enough to be seen from the road, but can be homemade from things around the house. 

Children will able to see them from the road and will still be able to practice social distancing. Activities like this one have been circulating online as children are home from school for the second consecutive week and may be for the next few weeks. 

From March 22-28, the theme will be dinosaurs. From March 29 until April 4, the theme is flowers. From April 5-11, bunnies. April 12-18 is superheroes and April 19-25 is Disney characters. 

Pinecrest Nursing Home

The Pinecrest Manor Nursing Home in Mt. Morris put out information last week on how to help out its residents and staff as it deals with the COVID-19 pandemic. The organization has closed its doors to visitors until further notice to prevent the spread of the virus. 

Area residents can write or design cards for residents. They should be addressed to “Any Resident” and mailed to Pinecrest Community, 414 S. Wesley Ave., Mt. Morris, IL 61054.

There is also an urgent need for backup surgical facemasks for staff and residents. Completed masks can be dropped off at Pinecrest. Call 815-734-4103 for drop-off guidelines or mail the masks to be above address. 

Tutorials on making homemade masks can be found online. 

Donations can be made to Pinecrest by sending a check payable to “Brethren Home” (our legal name) and mailed to 414 S. Wesley Ave., Mt. Morris, IL 61054 or online through PayPal.

In lieu of visiting in person, visitors can talk with their loved ones through video calls. Call the front office at 815-734-4103 between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m., answer a few questions and a call will be arranged for you.