Kamie Densmore reached out to different Facebook groups for help to make her son Robbie Maley’s seventh birthday special.
About 25 honking vehicles decked out with colourful signs paraded by their Midnapore home on Sunday. Even a police officer sang “Happy Birthday” from the passenger seat of a cruiser.
Densmore explained that it is an emotional time. While she is sad her son isn’t having the party she planned, she is grateful for people she doesn’t know coming together to make it memorable.
“I’ve been crying since the first car came by — the fact that so many strangers would be willing to come out and do this for my son,” she said.
Calgary Flames captain Mark Giordano and his wife Lauren Giordano joined the Bowness birthday train on Sunday.
The pair along with a convoy of cars paraded through different neighbourhoods to wish children happy birthdays.
Through the Calgary Birthday Train Facebook group, Annette Mitchell and her family have participated in parades.
“We put balloons outside our sunroofs or a sign on our car, and away we go,” she said. “We make as much noise as we can.”
But this time, the train rolled past Mitchell’s house for her son’s birthday.
“This is such a great big deal for us because we’re used to having birthday parties like everyone else and having friends and family over,” she explained.
“It’s hard to tell your children, ‘Sorry, not this year because there’s something scary out there that could harm all of us. In order to keep us all safe, we have to self distance and there will be no party.'”
Her son Riley Mitchell, who is turning 12, said celebrating his birthday this way means a lot.