(WIFR/CNN/Meredith) -- In the era of social distancing, one Illinois family is proving that love knows no bounds.
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.
Rose Gagnon’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,” Marinaro said.
The frame for the “Hug Time” device is PVC pipe, and the plastic is a window insulator kit for a sliding glass door. Double-sided tape and duct tape took care of the rest.
All you have to do is put your arms through the plastic holes, so you can spread the love without spreading the germs.
“We’re not meant to be apart like this or be isolated,” Marinaro said. “I’m just glad that we can share this type of happiness with people.”
Gagnon said she wanted to cry when she was able to hug her grandchildren and great-grandchildren again, because she is used to seeing them every day.
“My heart felt like it was going to burst,” Gagnon said. “It filled my heart.”