Pandemic Takes the Role of Grinch, Prompts Many in Chester County to Change Their Christmas Plans

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Coronavirus has taken the role of Grinch this year, causing many people in Chester County to cancel their Christmas plans due to the surging number of cases, writes Catherine Odom for the Daily Local News.

Carrie Freeman, CEO of United Way of Southern Chester County, will not be hosting her son at home for the holidays.

“We’ll get together again in the spring,” said Freeman, 63. “I want to be around for grandchildren someday.”

Former Chester County Assistant District Attorney Charles Gaza has not seen his parents for nearly a year, and he will not be seeing them for Christmas either.

“They’re getting older,” he said. “To not see them for six months to a year, that’s a heavy burden.”

Still, he has found that the pandemic has brought his family closer together and is looking forward to having both of his children under the same roof for Christmas.

Another person who will not be seeing relatives this holiday season is Jim Jordan, who heads up the Brandywine Red Clay Alliance.

He has made other changes for the season as well, including asking his family to shop locally to support small businesses.

Read more about Christmas plans in the Daily Local News here.

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