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.
With nowhere else to turn, Ashlee Buratti vented her
frustrations on Facebook, writing in a post that the incident had left her
"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
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
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.