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One uplifting act of neighborhood solidarity happened this past weekend at the Brownstones at Decatur, a cove of 80 townhouses on Scott Boulevard.

That’s where Kai Thompson had learned, as news of the novel coronavirus’s severity spread, that his seventh birthday party this past weekend could be cancelled.

“He took it pretty well,” reports Kai’s father, Stu Thompson. “It was sad.”

Meanwhile, Kai’s mother reached out to neighborhood parents and urged them to place birthday well-wishes for the boy on front doors and windows. But neighbors took it a step further, as Kai discovered Saturday when his garage door opened to a surprise for the ages.

“There were a few tears shed discretely,” Stu Thompson wrote in an email. “Kai was shocked and pleased—he smiled all day long.

“I really hope that this kind of stuff is happening everywhere.”