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Restaurant Sends Tasty Mother's Day Surprise To Quarantined Moms

Every mom deserves something special on Mother's Day. Hear how one restaurant went above and beyond to make sure those spending the day alone were celebrated.


While Mother's Day celebrations looked much different this year due to the lockdown orders that are still in place throughout much of the country, one restaurant made sure that moms who were spending the day alone were taken care of.

The kind folks at Medium Rare, a modern bistro with several locations in the Washington D.C. area, brought free brunch to moms and grandmas over 70 who were self-quarantined on the holiday and could use a hot meal.

Local kids and grandkids called the restaurant to make requests, along with neighbors, caregivers and building managers; those who Medium Rare's co-owner Mark Bucher referred to as the "unsung heroes, keeping an eye out."

Volunteers helped prepare and deliver hundreds of hot meals to mothers who were spending the holiday alone. Medium Rare/Facebook

Shortly after the shelter-in-place orders started in March, Bucher and his staff started preparing and delivering thousands of meals to seniors and first responders across D.C.

The owners of Medium Rare have largely been funding the donations themselves, however once the free-meal service started catching on, they've gotten almost $40,000 from businesses and individuals who want to keep the effort going.

Other local restaurants have donated meat, potatoes and sides, while strangers of all ages and backgrounds have signed up as volunteer delivery drivers.

The restaurant has been delivering thousands of meals to people in need since the lockdown began in March. Medium Rare/Facebook

Even as some cities are gearing up to ease lockdown restrictions and begin reopening businesses, Bucher hopes to keep the project going. He recently started a GoFundMe with the goal of raising $250,000 to help pay for food and packaging supplies.

"We don't want to stop," Bucher told The Washingtonian. "Once this is all over and done, the problem doesn't go away," he says. "I find tremendous fulfillment out of it. So if we have the ability to do more, we're going to figure out a way to continue helping."

On Sunday, a crew of volunteers delivered packages of French toast, scrambled eggs, fresh fruit and juice to hundreds of elderly moms and grandmas in the area.

The meals also came with a single rose and a scratch-off lottery card. Earlier in the week, Bucher organized a group of school children to make personalized cards to include with each of the orders. The restaurant even offered the option to add on a bouquet of flowers made by a local florist.

Each delivery included a warm meal, single rose, scratch-off lottery card and a personal Mother's Day card. Medium Rare/Facebook

After the event, the restaurant's Facebook page was flooded with thank-you's and messages of appreciation.

"I wanted to give a big thank you to Medium rare," one person wrote. "Being away from my mom has been incredibly difficult ( as I'm sure for everyone). This was a really kind and amazing thing you all did and my Mother loved her meal. Thank you for traveling a far distance to deliver this amazing gift to a well deserving mom 🌺"

After my (almost) three years of being a mother, I can confirm that all moms are deserving of something special on Mother's Day – kudos to the amazing team at Medium Rare for making it happen!

The team at Medium Rare hopes to keep making and delivering meals, even after the pandemic has passed. Medium Rare/Facebook

How can you start something good?

You can help Bucher and his team to continue preparing and donating meals to elderly residents and first responders by contributing to their GoFundMe campaign.


Let's #StartSomethingGood together.

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