In St. Cloud, Florida, it was 6-year-old Glenn Buratti’s birthday party, but no one showed up. The devastated boy’s mother took to Facebook to rant, which got the attention of some heroes, local police officers. They put together a gift like no one else could.
Glenn Buratti’s mother Ashlee invited 16 children to a party for her son, but as she explained to Osceola News-Gazette, none arrived.
“From the minute he woke up that day he wanted to know how many minutes until his friends came. None of the kids’ parents RSVP’d, but I was still holding on to the hope that some of them would show up. It never crossed my mind that it would be zero.”
Ashlee said that her son was devastated; he refused to smile. She added that Glenn suffers from epilepsy and a mild form of autism.
Without anything else to do, the mother took to Facebook, writing on the community page, “I know this might be something silly to rant about, but my heart is breaking for my son. He keeps asking ‘when will my friends get here?'”
According to CBS News, the local community reacted almost immediately. Kids and their parents began bringing presents. But like most good parties, the police eventually got involved.
The police officers from the local sheriff’s office arranged a fantastic display. A police helicopter flew over the home.
The mother explained it changed the Glenn’s mood quickly.
“Glenn just smiled the whole time and waved. It was amazing.”
The police continued their generosity into the next week. Officers brought him presents and sheriff’s cars, police dogs, and fire trucks showed up to say happy birthday.
At one point, the police officers sent over a fire truck. Ashlee explained that her son was startled at first.
“We got to the stop sign by our house and Glenn was like: ‘The fire truck’s at our house!’ I said, ‘It’s okay, They’re there to tell you happy birthday.'”
Ashlee was amazed at how a simple Facebook message could bring police officers and local parents together to make her son’s birthday something to remember.
“The amazingness of everybody coming together for somebody they didn’t even know, a kid that didn’t have anybody come to his birthday party, it warmed my heart.”
In the end, about 15 kids and 25 adults showed up to the party, not including the police officers who helped make the day.
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