A 6-year-old Florida boy with autism got a major birthday surprise after no one showed up to his party.
Reports say that Glenn Buratti had invited all 16 of his classmates from elementary school to attend the birthday bash. But when the big day arrived, he was devastated that not one person came.
AdvertisementWith nowhere else to turn, Ashlee Buratti vented her frustrations on Facebook, writing in a post that the incident had left her heartbroken.
"Buratti told the Orlando-area television station. The upset boy wouldn't even smile for the rest of his special day. To see the look on his face killed me inside. He keeps asking 'when will my friends get here?' Poor kid. I feel so bad for him," she wrote.
Buratti's post resonated on social media, and pretty soon after, she was inundated with messages from total strangers wanting to help the family.
A short time later, parents and their children began showing up to the St. Cloud-area home with birthday gifts for her child, the station reported.
But it wasn't just strangers who responded to her Facebook writings. The mother's social media post also captured the attention of the Osceola County Sheriff's Office, which sent a sheriff's helicopter for a special flyover in the boy's honor.