Police Officers Throw Surprise Party for Disabled Boy
When they heard out about the boy through a local non-profit, they wanted to do something epic to help him celebrate.
Typically, if cops show up at a party it's not for a good reason. In this case, however, the Smyrna Police Department in Georgia helped to make one boy's birthday a celebration he won't soon forget.
Tye Clinner was diagnosed with a severe case of cerebral palsy when he was born, and as a result, he is unable to sit up or walk on his own. Last December, Tye was awarded a trip to Disney World by Give Kids the World, an organization that gives cost-free trips to children with critical illnesses.
Tye smiles while looking at his custom birthday cake made by Lt. Brandy Forman.
Lieutenant Brandy Forman heard about Tye through Icing Smiles, a non-profit she volunteers with that provides custom cakes for families who have children with illnesses. When Forman learned about his situation, she knew she could help out with more than just a cake, so she came up with the idea to throw him a party to celebrate both his birthday and his send-off to Disney.
Tye's party was held at the Reed House in Smyrna.
And the best part? It was all a surprise.
After finding out that a few of Tye's favorite things were Disney and pirates, she got to work creating a very special cake. Other members of the SPD got involved and worked with Tye's family to plan all the details for the party. They invited the entire community to attend and made sure there was plenty of food and drinks, along with fun activities like playing with robots and sitting in cruisers and making the police sirens go off.
The police officers seemed to have a great time at the party mingling with community members and singing karaoke. They even gave Tye a custom officer shirt.
Here's a video of a few of the officers practicing their singing chops.. .
"We have to find alternative ways in connecting with the people that we serve," Smyrna Community Relations Sergeant Louis Defense told CNN . "If not, we are failing our community and that's not what we are trying to do."
While Tye doesn't talk much, he had a smile on his face throughout the entire day of the party.
Tye poses for a selfie with Lt. Brandy Forman
"To see everyone love him as much as I do means the world to me," Tye's mother said tearfully. "It's really hard to find the words to what this means to me."
Tye is currently keeping his birthday celebration going in Disney World with his family. We're guessing the Pirates of the Caribbean ride at Magic Kingdom will be his favorite.
You can donate to the Give Kids the World Village by visiting their website .
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