May 04, 2020
Hoda Kotb and Jenna Bush added some flavor to a Louisiana grandmother, Carolyn Oliver's life when they joined her to celebrate her first birthday since her husband of 50 years died.
Carolyn Oliver was prepared to celebrate her first birthday without the presence of her husband of 50 years when she got a special call from the hosts of the "Today" show, Hoda Kotb and Jenna Bush.
The pair made called the 74-year-old, who was quarantined at home amid the COVID-19 pandemic, in an attempt to uplift her day. The unforgettable moment came after Carolyn's daughter, Christy, reached out to Hoda to let her know about her mother's predicament.
It was previously reported that Hoda officiated a Zoom wedding ceremony of an Arizona couple, John Sizer and Melanie Mulv, who had to cancel their wedding due to the pandemic.
The grandmother lost her husband of 50 years, Bill, when he died while working on his boat, back in June 2019. During the call to the Louisiana grandmother, Jenna stated that they just wanted her to know that she wasn't alone and that "we've been thinking about you on this birthday."
The surprise from the pair is one of the many kind gestures that members of the "Today" family have extended during the health pandemic.
The surprise ceremony had been set up by the groom and the bride's maid of honor, Kira Sullivan, who wanted to give the bride a memorable experience. Amid these wonderful happenings, Fox News created a list of how people could celebrate their birthdays during the current social distancing era.
The site noted that one could turn up by using one of the most famous tricks of hosting a virtual birthday party with video-conference applications like Skype, FaceTime, Zoom, Houseparty, and Google Hangouts.
Luckily, those apps aren't limited to birthday parties as Al Roker used one of them to host a prom party for the senior students of the class of 2020 at Douglas County West High School.
Just before the party, the "Today" co-host ensured that he had some corsages and boutonnieres delivered to the homes of the celebrants.
During the event, the senior classcrowned
Matthew Allen and Layne Thompson the prom king and queen respectively before they enjoyed a conversation with singer-songwriter, Demi Lovato.