AMR has mini-parades for kids’s birthday events in Colorado Springs whereas sustaining social distance
REGINA, Colorado (KRDO) – Colorado Springs Ambulance Services are holding mini-parades for kids around town to celebrate their birthdays during the coronavirus.
After the American Medical Response team gathers at a specific location, they, along with other emergency and law enforcement vehicles, pass the house of a birthday boy or girl. Lights and chirping sirens play to convey birthday wishes to the child when they stay at home.
Jesse Baker, the operations manager at AMR in Colorado Springs, says this activity is meant to make children’s birthdays more festive while social distancing prevents meeting friends.
“It’s easy to lose sight of how difficult this situation was for children and teenagers,” said Baker. “While they are no substitute for a real party, hopefully these kids will remember our mini-parades for a long time to come. We do what we can to make their special days special.”
The Maldonado family say the parade stopped by their home to celebrate their son Gabriel’s fourth birthday.
“He was amazed because we couldn’t have the traditional birthday party,” said the father, Estevan. “So it was pretty amazing that everyone could show up and show support and celebrate him.”
Andrea Sinclair waved to the first responders and wished her a happy birthday.
“We can’t party like we usually do,” said Sinclair. “But we can come up with other creative ways to celebrate and make moments special. So yeah, that’s super meaningful.”
Families wishing to request a birthday parade can send their request to [email protected].
AMR urges the parade observers to remain on their property and socially distance themselves from the ambulances and other vehicles involved.