Mother Jamie Aguilar organized a drive-by birthday party for her young son the first week of May during the coronavirus shut down.

Her son, Cameron Kinlaw, turned 8 on May 6, and community leaders made Aguilar proud to be living in Aberdeen when police, fire and the sheriff’s department did not hesitate to approve the celebration.

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Cameron Kinlaw received a drive-by birthday from local first responders. All photos contributed.

The drive-by birthday party was in Sherwood Park and celebrated the birthday of Kinlaw and another child in the neighborhood, so a mix of neighbors and family participated, honking and waving at the excited children.

“We were so happy,” Aguilar said. “He (Cameron Kinlaw) has ODD, so I had already talked to him ahead of time … and he said that would be cool.”

ODD is oppositional defiant disorder.

Kinlaw also received several birthday gifts from his family, including video games.

Aguilar said that she got the drive-by birthday idea from a relative in another state and had seen the trend on social media.

“I am so thankful and proud to be here in Aberdeen in a time when it is hard for a child to be happy,” Aguilar said, adding that community leaders went above and beyond for the special day.

Written by Sandhills Sentinel Journalism Intern Stephanie M. Sellers.

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