Valley Center, Garden City police, fire make children's birthdays special during COVID-19

VALLEY CENTER, Kan. (KWCH) Public safety departments in Valley Center and Garden City are trying to bring joy to children's lives in the midst of uncertainty.

(Source: Valley Center Department of Public Safety)

In Valley Center, the police and fire departments say they know the stay-at-home order makes it difficult to throw birthday parties for kids, so they're pitching in to help out.

Safety-department leaders in Valley Center say if you're throwing an at-home birthday party for your child, just let them know and they'll "drive by with the lights and sirens to wish your child a special Happy Birthday."

In Valley Center, parents can call 316-755-7325 ext. 301, Monday-Friday, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and leave your address, the time you'll have the child out front and a contact number.

"Please remember officers or firefighters may be on a call so both may not be able to respond at the time," Valley Center police say.

Garden City police and fire say parents with children between the ages of 3 and 9 can contact the police or fire departments by email to arrange a fire truck or police car to drive by their house and "give them a shout out."

You can reach the Garden City Police Department by sending an email to Sgt. Lana Urteaga: You can reach the Garden City Fire Department at