Town does something amazing for heartbroken autistic boy alone on his birthday

When a young autistic boy’s classmates refused to show up to his birthday party, his neighbours banded together to help make his special day even more memorable


by Fiona Day |
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When Ashley Buratti invited her son’s classmates to his 6th birthday she received no RSVPs, but held out hope that a handful of them might turn up.

Sadly, Ashley was forced to break the news to 6-year-old Glenn that none of this classmates would be coming to his birthday party.

Devastated, Ashley, 25, wrote on the Facebook page of a local events group about what had happened to her son, who suffers from epilepsy and a mild form of autism.

She wrote: '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.”

Glenn had some very special visitors at his birthday party (Facebook)
Glenn had some very special visitors at his birthday party (Facebook)

Other parents saw the message and decided to bring their own children to celebrate with Glenn.

Even more amazingly, the local police and fire departments saw the Facebook post and decided to bring their fire trucks and police motorbikes to Glenn’s home as a special birthday surprise!

Ashley told a US news station: “In general, deputies have big hearts - they thought about their own kids and wanted to make this boy happy because it was such a sad situation.”

Glenn was given toys and gifts as he ate cake and played on a bouncy castle with his new friends, who he reportedly took to as though he’d known them all his life.

Glenn was delighted when the fire service showed up

Glenn’s father, John, later wrote on Facebook: “Huge thank you to Osceola County Sheriff's Department, Osceola County Fire Rescue and Frank who owns Koffee Kup for coming to our house today for my son Glenn's Birthday.

“He had such a great time! I'm sure the neighbours were peeking out of their windows or taking cover. Such an amazing thing for our local law enforcement and fire fighters to do for us. Thank you to everyone involved.”


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