Morning Motivation: Birthday parade for 93-year-old veteran, online shopping to support local shops and FREE Starbucks

Happy Birthday parade held for veteran

HOUSTONStart the day a little lighter and brighter amid the coronavirus pandemic with Morning Motivation, good news stories curated by KPRC 2.

Celebrating with the whole neighborhood

Erica Walsh told KPRC 2 her Houston neighborhood held a parade for Dick Chaltry on Tuesday. He turned 93 years old.

Walsh wrote, “We wanted to help celebrate him in a very special way. … Social distancing at its best! He's a WWII veteran, so we brought American flags.”

Watch the parade below.

A Houston neighborhood held a parade for a veteran as coronavirus quarantine continues.

Supporting local business after Spring Nutcracker Market canceled

Though the Houston Ballet’s Spring Spectacular was canceled for this year, there’s plenty of local Texas vendors you can support online – without battling crowds.

Join the marketplace here to find your favorite vendors.

Finding a silver lining

Self-quarantine means a lot more time with family, and that means discovering more dad’s, ah, talents. Watch this hilarious viral video of a Denver dad in a dance-off with his daughter while in quarantine.

It’s a quarantine Monday PLEASE VOTE. My daughter challenged me to a dance off and said I don’t have it anymore. See that closet in the back she is still crying in it!!! VOTE VOTE!!! Disclaimer: This content is exclusively managed by Caters News Agency. To license or use in a commercial player please contact or call +44 (0)121 616 1100 / +1 646 380 1615

Posted by Chris Starkey on Monday, March 23, 2020

This dad-daughter duo will always have this special quarantine memory. What quarantine silver linings are you finding? Add your responses to our Facebook discussion below.

A SILVER LINING? More time in one spot doesn't have to be a bad thing. Share photo of family together or of yourself...

Posted by KPRC2 / Click2Houston on Thursday, March 26, 2020

Essential employees get some perks

Starbucks and a number of other retailers are offering freebies and deals throughout the quarantine.

Getting to know you

Everyone is getting to know everyone a little bit better – in a different way throughout this odd time in our country. That was true for our KPRC 2 viewers and our consumer expert Amy Davis when her children made an appearance in her on-air-from-home broadcast.

It’s a beautiful thing. Take a look back at the original.

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About the Author:

Amanda Cochran is an Edward R. Murrow award-winning journalist. She specializes in Texas features, consumer and business news and local crime coverage.