NORFOLK, Va. - The “stay at home” order didn't stop one local neighborhood from celebrating a man's 80th birthday in the Ghent area of Norfolk.
Thursday evening, neighbors gathered outside to surprise the birthday boy, Jim Brown, a retired Norfolk State University professor. Neighbors also tell us Brown served in the Peace Corps, calling him a pioneer in the community.
To practice social distancing, neighbors lined up on opposite sides of the sidewalk near his home.
“It’s such a special occasion, and for him not to have a party was just too bad so we thought this would be a wonderful way to bring the neighbors to him,” said neighbor Susanne Williams.
“It’s hard to believe I’ve lived in Ghent now for over 50 years. When I came here, I was a newcomer and I thought, ‘Oh, those people have been there forever’ – and now I’m one of those people. I’m glad to see all of you and I appreciate you coming out and taking the time. It was a wonderful event; thank you so much,” Brown said.
The party was also a fundraiser for an important cause. In lieu of gifts, donations were made to the food bank in Jim’s name.