A D.C.-area restauranteur wants to reunite 10 families this Mother’s Day.
The idea comes from the hospitable heart of Mark Bucher, owner of Medium Rare restaurants in the District and Bethesda.
“There are grandmoms that haven’t seen grandchildren because they were just born, COVID births,” he said.
Last year, his organization delivered thousands of meals to mothers and grandmothers in the D.C. area who spent Mother’s Day alone due to the pandemic.
This year, thanks to the COVID-19 vaccine, many will be able to safely see mom in person.
Bucher plans to give up to 10 families with ties to the D.C. area the opportunity to fly to mom or have mom fly here in a collaboration with The Elite Collection Senior Living.
People across the U.S. have been sharing videos of “vaccine reunions” with their parents and grandparents on social media.
“How are we going to get mom across the country and have her have no idea what’s waiting for her here,” Bucher said. “So we’ve got to build this elaborate scheme of how to get them here, convince them to come to Washington.”
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“Tell me about your mom and your grandma,” Bucher said. “Tell me why it’s so important that you be reunited with them … next weekend.”
Medium Rare will also, once again, deliver a Mother’s Day meal to moms who need one.
“We’ve gotta remember there’s a lot of hungry people that still can’t get out,” Bucher said. “The food insecurity is not going away; Mother’s Day does not make it go away.”