6-year-old Glenn Buratti has mild autism and epilepsy. Last weekend, he excitedly invited his entire kindergarten class to his birthday party. Unfortunately, no one showed up.
“He was so devastated when he realized no one was coming to his birthday party that he refused to smile,” his mom Ashlee Buratti later recounted. “He tried to hide the fact that he was crying by pinching the bridge of his nose.”
With great disappointment, Ashlee posted on a local Facebook group, Osceola Rants, Raves and Reviews List, “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?’”
An hour later, something amazing happened.
Their first guest was the owner of a local pet shop and his family. They brought a gift for Glenn and stayed for the party. Soon thereafter, about six other families came to join the celebration.
The Osceola County Sheriff’s Department also saw the post and decided to join in the celebration. Firefighters and police officers from the community started pulling up to the house. They also sent in a helicopter over the house to greet Glenn a happy birthday.
“I’m sure the neighbors were peeking out of their windows or taking cover,” Glenn’s dad John wrote on Facebook. “Such an amazing thing for our local law enforcement and fire fighters to do for us.”