After coronavirus shutdowns cancelled Flynn and Danny Michel’s party, friends put on a car parade to help the twins celebrate their 5th birthday. Lebanon Daily News
The new coronavirus outbreak may have closed schools and businesses across Pennyslvania, but the Palmyra community did not let it take away birthday joy from 5-year-old twins whose party was cancelled as a result of the statewide shutdowns.
Jennifer Kiskis’ twin boys, Danny and Flynn Michel, had more to look forward to than just a party- Kiskis was also planning for the three of them to take a trip to Disney in the near future.
Now, that’s all on hold. Not being able to celebrate their birthday with friends or family was tough for them to take in, Kiskis said.
“We went from having this huge celebration to what I thought was going to be nothing,” Kiskis said.
The boys were bummed, but Kiskis was too – she tried for years to have kids, and Danny and Flynn were her “miracle babies” after 11 years of IVF.
“Every milestone for these kids is huge because I never thought I’d have any,” Kiskis said.
While there was no party, a group of Kiskis’s friends made sure Danny and Flynn’s birthday was memorable.
Nancy Adam has been friends with Kiskis since high school. A mother of a high schooler and a college student, Adam said she knew what it must have felt like for Kiskis to not be able to celebrate her sons’ birthdays.
Adam got together with more of their high school friends, and came up with an idea: Instead of having a party with Danny and Flynn, they would decorate their cars, then parade past their house playing music from their car stereos.
“We just wanted to be able to make it a special day for them since they couldn’t have a party,” Adam said. “And we wanted to do something special for Jennifer, too.”
A friend called the Palmyra Police Department, and they agreed to send an officer out to help give the parade some pomp – and to help with any traffic issues that may come up. Three officers ended up making the time to come out, Chief Andrew Winter said.
Something to smile about
Kiskis said Danny and Flynn were overjoyed – they are already “huge parade people,” Kiskis said, and couldn’t believe the police were there to help them celebrate.
“Once they realized the parade was for them and their birthday, they just kept saying ‘this is so amazing, this is so amazing,'” Kiskis said.
Kiskis took a short video of Danny and Flynn jumping for joy (literally) watching the parade drive by and shared it on Facebook. Over a thousand people have viewed it, and dozens commented and shared it.
The parade may have made the twins’ day, but Adam said they did it for themselves, too.
“It was something that all of the adults sort of needed, too, just to kind of lift our spirits” Adam said.
It was more than just the parade- Kiskis put a sign on their porch encouraging people to honk for Danny and Flynn when they drove by. Plenty of people honked, but some also brought gifts over and left them on the porch.
“Just the entire community was onboard,” Kiskis said.
Stephanie Hoffmaster, another one of Kiskis’ friends who participated in the parade, said it might have helped people forget about the new coronavirus, and all the fallout from it, for a little bit.
“At this time of crisis, everybody’s down and all you hear is negativity,” Hoffmaster said. “So we thought it would brighten people up.”
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