Coronavirus Palm Beach County updates: Police officers are surprising children on their birthdays with a small parade, balloons and a stuffed animal.
TEQUESTA - Birthday parties have been put on the back burner during the novel coronavirus pandemic.
But some Tequesta children are getting the next best thing.
To ensure that kids aren’t forgotten on their special day, Village Manager Jeremy Allen and Police Chief Gus Medina started a birthday surprise program.
Since Friday, officers have visited seven children throughout the village on their birthdays, arriving in a small parade of police vehicles with lights flashing.
The officers play "Happy Birthday" on the PA system, bring each child a balloon, and give them a stuffed animal which looks like the department’s K-9, Erik.
Seven more birthday surprises are scheduled for the coming weeks, Medina said.
"It is important that our children know how special they are to us as a police department and as a village," Medina said. "We are truly honored to share their special day. It is so rewarding to see their reactions and smiles because of this gesture, especially during this difficult time in the world."
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Parents who would like to schedule a birthday surprise for their kids may do so by reaching out via Facebook or email to Akrauss@tequesta.org.