Autistic boy’s birthday saved by outstanding US police

February 22, 2015 12:19 am

When none of an autistic boy’s classmates showed up for his sixth
birthday party, his community and local sheriff’s office rallied
together to make it a birthday he’d never forget.
of , , had invited her son Glenn’s class of 16 children
to his birthday on February 8, and when no one showed up, he was
Though no one RSVP’d, Buratti and her husband John
Buratti were “still holding on to the hope that some of them would show
up” to the party for her son, who has epilepsy and a mild form of
“From the minute he woke up that day he wanted to know
how many minutes until his friends came,” Buratti, 25, said, adding that
his eyes filled with tears when he learned no one was coming.
mother-of-three posted on a locally run Facebook page with more than
10,000 members titled, Osceola Rants, Raves and Reviews List, to express
her frustration, according to the Osceola -Gazette.

, of St. Cloud, Florida, turned six on February 8. Photo via Facebook
“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.
when other group members saw the post they sent Buratti messages asking
if they could bring their own kids to Glenn’s party to celebrate.
message even reached staff from the Osceola County Sheriff’s Office,
who asked for the family’s address and said a helicopter would fly over
their St. Cloud home.
The helicopter came to the house within an hour, and the pilot flew low enough that Glenn could see him waving.
who loves public safety and law enforcement, was overjoyed with the
party, and his mom said that though he is usually shy, he took to his
new friends like he’d known them all his life.
“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,” Buratti
told Today.
In total, about 15 kids and 25 adults showed up to celebrate and eat cake, give gifts to Glenn and play in a bounce house.
woman brought the birthday boy a bike, while others brought toys.
Buratti said one man came to the party with a camera and took pictures
he later gave to the family.
“It was just amazing. The people who came out were so awesome,” Buratti told the Osceola News-Gazette.
Glenn’s birthday celebration didn’t end on Sunday – several crews from
the Sheriff’s Office and Osceola County Fire Rescue stopped by the
family’s home on Wednesday.
Though Buratti knew the crews were coming, she left it a surprise for her son to see as they were on their way home from school.
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,'” Buratti told CBS News.
They all wished him a
happy birthday, gave him tours of their fire truck, squad cars,
motorcycles and a SWAT vehicle and showered him with more gifts.
to think, all this happened because nobody showed up to his birthday,”
Buratti wrote online. “Thank you, thank you, thank you.”

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