LEXINGTON — The first Sunday there were 50 cars in the Orthman Community YMCA parking lot, the second Sunday, that number had jumped up to 90, showing the Community Cruise event has been a hit with the community.

In an effort to get people out and about in a safe way during the COVID-19 outbreak, the YMCA has been holding weekly Community Cruise events each Sunday.

The first week saw around 50 vehicles participate, on Sunday, April 5, this number had grown to 90, with participants including local businesses, organizations, as well as families.

Orthman Community YMCA CEO and Branch Director Riley Gruntorad led the cruise on Sunday and said, “We are glad to get people together, it shows how we really care during these times.”

Gruntorad said the cruises are a great opportunity for the community to come together while still following health guidelines.

On Palm Sunday, people had either walked out on to their lawns or parked their vehicles to take in the sight of the cruise and all the different types of cars and vehicles people showed up in.

Gruntorad said it doesn’t matter what vehicles people bring, it’s just an amazing community opportunity.

The Community Cruises continue throughout April until the last Sunday, April 26, but Gruntorad said they may continue into May, based on the community health situation.

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