Birthdays during a pandemic are the bummers we didn’t know existed until this year. If you’re getting old, you’re stuck sitting at home, contemplating how far you’ve come and how far you have left to go. If you’re a kid, your birthday party was probably canceled in an effort to flatten the curve.
That’s what happened to Cole, a 5-year-old in Huntsville. He was going to miss out on a big birthday celebration until his mother, Tammy, thought to post a message on Facebook that read, “First responder friends … anyone willing to drive by and celebrate Cole’s 5th birthday?”
A few paramedics and EMTs saw the post and started organizing a social-distancing celebration fit for a 5-year-old. They organized a drive-by party and even picked up a few gifts on the way.
“Being able to put a smile on someone’s face, especially a kid, right now is a really good feeling,” said Autumn Watts, one of the first responders who participated. “There is a lot of scary stuff and uncertainty in the world currently, so taking 10 minutes out of our day to take his mind (and ours) off of it all was a highlight to my week.”
It was a birthday for Cole to remember, and not just because he’s been cooped up for a month.
“All it took was a few messages, and they made it happen,” Tammy said. “That meant a lot, and they didn’t need to do that. I sure didn’t expect that.”
Happy birthday Cole!