Nathan Hind’s father died of cancer about a week before his sixth birthday.
As community members in Madison learned that Nathan would have to celebrate without his father – Brian Hind, who died on Dec. 29 – it took only one phone call to start a “birthday parade” of tractors and other machinery, the Emporia Gazette reported.
Madison is about 20 miles south of Emporia and has a population of about 700.
“Neighbors began spreading the word and soon plans were set in motion for a celebration that would knock Nathan and his mother Amy’s socks off,” the Gazette reported.
Nathan turned 6 on Jan. 6, and he did not have to celebrate alone.
“Earlier this week, a crazy plan was formed and my husband and I began to call and text neighbors, who in turn called more neighbors and asked them to participate in a parade for a young man we all love. No one said no,” The Rancher’s Wife — a local blogger — posted on Facebook.
Tractors, fire trucks, grain trucks, semi trucks and other vehicles showed up for a “birthday parade.”
Nathan’s dad had a love for agriculture and served on the Madison Fire Department for decades, according to Hind’s obituary in the Emporia Gazette.
“I’m not sure who was smiling bigger — the men in the machinery or the boy watching a parade drive through his front yard,” The Rancher’s Wife wrote. “God bless all those that participated and showed their love. You are the reason rural America rocks.”