YUKON, Okla. – Police saved the day for a 3-year-old Oklahoma boy with autism.
Brayden Hubbard turned 3 years old this week, but it looked like no one was going to show up for his birthday party. His mom, Terra Hubbard, said guests backed out one by one, leading her to consider canceling the party, reports KFOR.
And she thought her day had gone from bad to worse when police showed up at her doorstep.
Turns out, there was nothing to worry about: officers from the Yukon Police Department were there to help Brayden celebrate. Someone had anonymously called the department and told them about Brayden’s party.
"(The caller) told us there was this little boy with autism who was going to have a birthday party and asked if we could show up,” Yukon Police Captain Matt Hofer told KFOR.
“They have important jobs,” a grateful Hubbard said. “It's scary for them to go to work right now, and just for them to come say hi to Brayden, just to tell him happy birthday, it means a lot."
"The really cool thing about this is Brayden probably won't remember this, but his mom will, and as a parent you want the best for you kids, and especially a parent with special needs,” Hofer said. “We were able to provide that to her. We were able to provide just a moment of normalcy, I guess."
Brayden’s party happened during a shift change, which meant a dozen officers were able to attend the celebration. Brayden was a little shy at first, but he was in the front seat of a police cruiser soon enough.
“We'll never forget that birthday, and we hope he doesn't either and his won't family either,” said Lt. Zach Roberson.
The family made signs and thanking the officers and put them up all over the community.