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story.lead_photo.caption Honking "awooga," two Model As and a Model T roll past the Fulton Presbyterian Manor on Saturday morning. Around 40 vehicles — from classic vehicles to police cruisers to motorcycles —participated in the event, which aimed to bring cheer to residents of Fulton's nursing homes. The Jefferson City Breakfast Rotary Club organized the parade. Photo by Helen Wilbers / Fulton Sun.

Rotary clubs from Fulton and Mexico are teaming up to provide a Route 54 Caravan of Caring to nursing homes in Mexico Saturday.

Families and residents of both communities, as well as car clubs and other organizations, are invited to join in. Participants will meet at 9 a.m. at Mexico High School, 639 N Wade St., and proceed to Pin Oaks, Kings Daughters, Teal Lake Assisted Living and Missouri Veterans Home.

"After the successful caravans in Fulton, we decided to go to the veterans home in Mexico because three of our Rotarians and several other Fulton residents live there," Jan Reyes, Fulton Rotary community service chair, explained. "Then we decided to expand our scope and visit the other nursing homes to brighten their residents' days, too."

Previous "caravans" — essentially, socially distant parades of cars — visited a number of nursing homes around Fulton. Participants decorated their cars with balloons and signs, waved flags and played cheerful music while driving past residents. The events even lured out some classic cars, which viewers greeted with particular glee. Those events were organized by the Jefferson City Breakfast Rotary Club, with the participation of the Fulton Rotary Club.

For more information, email [email protected] or call Reyes at 573-220-3147 or Josh Hanley at 573- 253-1966.

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