Lee's Summit neighborhood dines 'together' amid social distancing

Posted at 10:40 PM, Mar 25, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-25 23:47:22-04

LEE'S SUMMIT, Mo. — One Lee’s Summit community is sitting down for dinner together – in a way that doesn't break social distancing barriers or stay-at-home orders.

“It’s just a great way to know that you’re not alone,” said Marcus Barber, a member of the Monticello community, alongside his wife, Megan.

With the tables set and the artwork drawn, families sit down alongside their neighbors, to have dinner on the driveway.

“They are still able to be together, but they’re staying apart like they need to,” said neighbor Linda Adams. “Now is a good time for us to be pulling together and not showing separatism at all.“

Barber said there is "definitely" a connection during the event.

“And you want to be connected to the people who you live with to your community, to the Kansas City community still,” said Barber, who did exactly that along with more than 40 families in the Monticello community Wednesday night by ordering delivery from Summit Grill.

Even in a "time of crisis," Adams said, people are being brought together.

"Families are doing more together,” Adams said.

One neighbor, Lezlie Daly, joined the festivities, and daughter, Maggie, chalked their driveway with a cross and chose to send messages of positivity.

“Probably on a typical day we would be inside doing something but this brings us outside,” Daly said.

“Have faith not fear,” Maggie said.

Barber echoed Maggie's sentiment.

“There’s always been things that are out of your control," Barber said, "but at the same time, you know God is always with us, and we just trust and we rely and we keep faith in that."