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Sep 26

Everyone is invited to a drive-by birthday for this Orange resident; shes 104 – New Haven Register

Helen Koziel pictured on her birthday drive-by parade invitation being organized by a friend.

Helen Koziel pictured on her birthday drive-by parade invitation being organized by a friend.

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Helen Koziel pictured on her birthday drive-by parade invitation being organized by a friend.

Helen Koziel pictured on her birthday drive-by parade invitation being organized by a friend.

Everyone is invited to a drive-by birthday for this Orange resident; shes 104

ORANGE Helen Koziel didnt get to her 104th birthday this month by being careless through the years, so the milestone will be celebrated Saturday like you should in a pandemic: with a drive-by parade planned by friends.

In Koziels case, however, the guest list is anyone and everyone from anywhere and they are being encouraged to drive by High Plains Community Center on Orange Center Road Saturday between 1 and 1:45 p.m.

According to a release notifying folks of the bash, Koziel will be in front of the community center. Friend Barbara Schmidt put out the call for participants in an event she calls, Honk for Helen.

Schmidt said Koziel closely follows pandemic safety protocols, keeping in virtual contact with her family and friends through technology and virtual hugs.

Koziel has avoided large birthday gatherings and other events for others and learned to Zoom during the pandemic, according to Schmidt.

Helen often comments that she feels blessed to have a close, loving family and supportive, true friends, Schmidt said in her release. She would like all of them to know that, although they are well-missed, the memories of lively conversations and fun times together make her smile and help her to have a positive attitude during this pandemic.

Koziel participates in live-streamed exercise programs and walks for exercise, reads voraciously and keeps busy playing computer games, Schmidt said, noting her friend is a volunteer for many causes.

Schmidt conveyed in her release that Koziel has a few birthday wishes.

She hopes that people act with patience, empathy and respect toward each other always, but that we all make a special effort during these challenging pandemic times. Helen asks that we strive to trust in God, unconditionally love our families and friends, help the less fortunate and SMILE even if it has to be behind a mask.

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Everyone is invited to a drive-by birthday for this Orange resident; shes 104 - New Haven Register

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