By Erica Thomas, managing editor
TRUSSVILLE — A Trussville man with Down Syndrome was given a special celebration full of community members and love.
David Thomas turned 50 on Sunday, Aug. 9, 2020. Typically, his mother Vicki Inzer said there would be a big birthday bash with dozens of loved ones. Because of coronavirus, the family knew that wouldn’t be possible, so they got creative and put together the drive-by birthday celebration.
“That way we wouldn’t endanger anybody but he would still get to see all of his friends even if it was only when they drove by,” Inzer said.
Dozens of cars lined the street in front of Thomas’ Trussville home. The drive-by was a surprise for Thomas and his 50th birthday is a major milestone if you ask his mother.
“When he was born I asked them how long his life expectancy would be and they told me early adolescence and he’s 50 today and healthy as a horse, so we are so excited,” said Inzer. “I didn’t know anything about Down Syndrome back then.”
The Trussville Fire Department and the Trussville Police Department showed up with trucks and patrol vehicles.
After the drive-by celebration, the family enjoyed a dinner, birthday cake and had gifts for Thomas.