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Family celebrates Missoula woman's birthday with drive-by party

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Posted at 8:35 PM, Apr 19, 2020

In a time where news is bleak, ordinary people around Montana and the world continue to provide heartwarming examples of kindness and sincerity in the face of adversity.

That was no different on Sunday evening as the family of Josie Cross opted to celebrate her 20th birthday in style with a drive-by birthday party.

Cross, who turns 20 on Wednesday, has Down syndrome, and her father Andy said they like to make a big deal out of her birthday every year because of how much it means to her.

Cars lined Sundown Rd. on Sunday evening, including an ambulance as well as a police and fire vehicle, with everyone honking and shouting happy birthday to Cross whose joy was evident.

Donned in clothing featuring her favorite superheroes, Cross waved to everyone and banged on a trash can lid in thanks, while constantly expressing how "awesome" she thought the parade was.

Cross is a volunteer at the community medical center and serves as a patient ambassador but has not been able to do that of late. Still, Cross and her family got an opportunity to celebrate a special moment together with family, friends and more as she welcomes her twenties.