Cabin John Volunteer Fire Department Will Help Celebrate Birthdays

By
Real Estate Agent with Keller Williams Capital Properties DC AB15253

No one is happy with having to miss out on special moments while we get through this extended COVID-19  pause in our lives.  It is even harder to explain to a small child while they can't celebrate their birthday with friends and classmates. 

The Cabin John Park Volunteer Fire Department has come up with a spectacular way to take a little bit of the pain away for anyone who has to celebrate a birthday during this time.  A volunteer member will drive the Cabin John Park VFD bright red 1930 Brockway fire truck by the home of the celebrant.  They will even deliver a good bag to the birthday celebrant if it is okay with the family.

So far, the Brockway has been getting a good workout - there have been half a dozen drive-bys since the Fire Department made its offer three days ago. And there are lots of parties scheduled going forward. The Fire Department has celebrated birthdays for a three year old and a 92 year old! Even as this pandemic has brought grief and anger to many people, it has also brought us closer together. We are very lucky in Bethesda MD because our fire department is always there for us - not just for emergencies but also for fun events. Santa rides through our neighborhoods every year at Christmas, waving to the children and sharing candy canes! They also come for the 4th of July celebration in our neighborhood (assuming there is no call for them to put out a fire or rescue someone.) I would never have thought to have the 1930's firetruck come to a birthday party though so I am really glad that they did! If you think this is a great place to live and you want more information about homes in Bethesda MD, just give the Lise Howe Group a call at 240-401-5577 or email us at lise@lisehowe.com.

Comments (20)

Brian England
Vacasa - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

I have seen some pretty creative things that parents have been doing for their child's birthday!

Apr 21, 2020 08:32 AM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

What a wonderful idea, Lise. It was sad enough for me to celebrate my birthday in late March with no friends and family around. I can't imagine what it's like for a child! 

Apr 21, 2020 09:03 AM
Nick Vandekar, 610-203-4543
Long & Foster Real Estate Inc 610-225-7400 - Devon, PA
Tredyffrin Easttown Realtor, Philly Main Line

What a wonderful idea and so thoughtful, I am sure everyone, young and old appreciate a drive by visit.

Apr 21, 2020 09:14 AM
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy

Lise,

I am enjoying all the creative ways that many have come up with in terms of celebration...A

Apr 21, 2020 09:48 AM
Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

Hello Lise Howe,  This is a great community service and kids would love this.  I think others Fire Department should do this.

 

Apr 21, 2020 10:51 AM
Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

Hi Lise Howe - in the midst of the grief, there is where goodness of people comes out.  Wonderful story.

Apr 21, 2020 11:36 AM
George Souto
George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages - Middletown, CT
Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert

Lise it does not replace the birthday party, but it does make for a special day, and big smiles.

Apr 21, 2020 01:40 PM
Lise Howe
Keller Williams Capital Properties - Washington, DC
Assoc. Broker in DC, MD, VA and attorney in DC

Brian England - You are right!  I think this is a great eample of the community coming together 

Apr 21, 2020 02:29 PM
Lise Howe
Keller Williams Capital Properties - Washington, DC
Assoc. Broker in DC, MD, VA and attorney in DC

Nina Hollander - I am sorry that you didn't get to really celebrate your birthday!  

Apr 21, 2020 02:30 PM
Nina Hollander, Broker

Lise Howe thanks, Lise... I've got many birthday celebrations behind me and I'm sure a few more to come... so it's all good at the end of the day.

Apr 22, 2020 04:37 AM
Lise Howe
Keller Williams Capital Properties - Washington, DC
Assoc. Broker in DC, MD, VA and attorney in DC

George Souto - you are right - but who knows what kind of memories our children are going to take away from these weeks and months!  At least it is a celebration and acknowledgement of a special day

Apr 21, 2020 02:31 PM
Lise Howe
Keller Williams Capital Properties - Washington, DC
Assoc. Broker in DC, MD, VA and attorney in DC

Grant Schneider - I agree completely.  Hopefully most of our children are not experiencing too much grief.  I know some are really suffering and it jars me to the core that my four year old grandson in New York talks about corona virus!  they all know about it 

Apr 21, 2020 02:33 PM
Lise Howe
Keller Williams Capital Properties - Washington, DC
Assoc. Broker in DC, MD, VA and attorney in DC

Will Hamm - this is great isn't it - I think the community has reached deep into itself and found real strength 

Apr 21, 2020 02:34 PM
Lise Howe
Keller Williams Capital Properties - Washington, DC
Assoc. Broker in DC, MD, VA and attorney in DC

Nick Vandekar, 610-203-4543 - Thanks for stopping by - I agree - what a blast it would be to have a fire truck come to celebrate your special day

Apr 21, 2020 02:35 PM
Lise Howe
Keller Williams Capital Properties - Washington, DC
Assoc. Broker in DC, MD, VA and attorney in DC

Ron and Alexandra Seigel - I think this would be a memorable way to celebrate a special day! Doesn't matter what age you are - who doesn't love a fire truck! 

Apr 21, 2020 02:36 PM
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Lise, what a great way to celebrate birthdays, and sure they all appreciate it!! 

Apr 22, 2020 12:23 PM
Lise Howe
Keller Williams Capital Properties - Washington, DC
Assoc. Broker in DC, MD, VA and attorney in DC

Joan Cox - I love seeing how people are reaching out to one another and making that extra effort

Apr 22, 2020 06:45 PM
Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP
DFW FINE PROPERTIES - Flower Mound, TX
Selling Homes Changing Lives

What a beautiful way to celebrate a child's birthday. Thank you for sharing what "Cabin John Volunteer Fire Department" is doing to help children and families cope during these very unusual times. 

Apr 25, 2020 08:44 PM
Lise Howe
Keller Williams Capital Properties - Washington, DC
Assoc. Broker in DC, MD, VA and attorney in DC

Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP  - I agree that this is a wonderful way to celebrate a birthday  making that special birthday child feel like a star rather than someone who has been shortchanged by this virus

Apr 26, 2020 06:51 AM
Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP
DFW FINE PROPERTIES - Flower Mound, TX
Selling Homes Changing Lives

Lise Howe - I talked to my granddaughter (age who believes in Santa, tooth fairy, etc.) and learned that her school celebrates kids birthdays who occur during summer vacation, that she already celebrated her half birthday last February. I was surprised to find out, she's already prepared not to have a birthday party because of the virus - hearing her say that to me tore me up to pieces. I like what your fire department is doing and hope that all communities come together to bring joy to children for all these real and unnatural circumstances. God bless the children....

Apr 26, 2020 07:02 AM
Lise Howe
Keller Williams Capital Properties - Washington, DC
Assoc. Broker in DC, MD, VA and attorney in DC

Maybe she can have a zoom birthday with everyone dancing or doing something together

Apr 26, 2020 07:14 AM

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