January 22, 2021

Mississippi Scout builds hugging booths to give seniors opportunity to hug loved ones

A Mississippi Eagle Scout is making the holidays a lot brighter for a group of senior citizens in Yazoo City.

Cooper Williams, from Madison, built hugging booths for six Martha Coker Green House Homes as his Eagle Scout Project.

The teen built and donated the hugging booths as part of his Eagle Scout Project. Williams said he wanted to lend a helping hand after seeing what families were going through in light of the pandemic.

The hugging booths have garnered attention on social media and on local television stations.

“We have been in lockdown since March 15 and being able to touch family members with a big hug has been an overwhelming joy for them,” Executive Director Julie Hoffman told WDBD in Jackson. “We are so proud of Cooper and so thankful he thought of us to make the booths which have put so many smiles on the elder’s faces.”

Martha Coker Green House Homes offers skilled nursing care and short or long-term rehabilitation.