Illinois Family Builds a “Hug Machine” So That Grandma Can Hug Her Babies

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Currents News Staff

It’s been said love knows no bounds, and one Illinois 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 in months.

“I wanted to cry because i couldn’t believe that this was happening,” said Rose Gagnon.

She hasn’t hugged her great grandchildren in more than two months.

“I see them every day normally so this was a challenge not to be able to see them, not to be able to hug them,” said Gagnon.

So, what did it feel like to be able to hold them again?

“My heart felt like it was going to burst. it filled my heart!” she said.

Rose’s granddaughter Carly Marinaro built a ‘hug time’ machine, 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 Marinaro.

“The frame is just PVC pipe and then the plastic is a window insulator kit for a sliding glass door so double-sided tape and duct tape,” Marinaro continued.

All you have to do is put your arms through these holes so you can spread the love without spreading the germs.

“We’re not meant to be apart like this or be isolated and it’s sad for those people that cane be around their family members i just feel for the people that cant do this. I’m just glad that we can share this type of happiness with people,” 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.