Ashlee Buratti, of St Cloud, Florida, invited her son Glenn’s class of 16 children to his party on February 8, but no one came. Although she and her husband John Buratti had not received any RSVPs, they were hopeful some would turn up regardless to celebrate with Glenn, who has epilepsy and a mild form of autism. “From the minute he woke up that day he wanted to know how many minutes until his friends came,” she told the Osceola News-Gazette. “He’s really sensitive,” she added, saying he became upset when she eventually had to tell him no one was coming.
It’s probably one of the biggest hurts you can have, to see how let down your child is when nobody shows up for them.
Frustrated, 25-year-old Ms Buratti took to the Osceola Rants Raves and Reviews List on Facebook, which has around 10,000 members. “I just wanted to vent to other parents who maybe had been through the same thing,” she said. “I know this might be something silly to rant about, but my heart is breaking for my son.
We invited his whole class (16 kids) over for his 6th birthday party today. Not one kid came,” she posted.
Members of the group responded, some asking if they could bring their kids around that day. About 15 kids and 25 adults — complete strangers — showed up to the house for cake and games. “One lady brought him a brand new bike,” Ms Buratti said.
Members of the local Sheriff’s office and fire service even visited Glenn at home to wish him a happy birthday, bring gifts and giving him a tour of their vehicles.
“I’m very surprised,” said Mr Buratti. “Just one Facebook post and it took off with people helping us. It was amazing.”
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