But here’s a sweet story

Happy birthday

Happy birthday

Adults, children, cops and firemen show up to celebrate 6-year-old autistic boy’s birthday after learning that none of his classmates appeared.

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.

Ashlee Buratti, of St. Cloud, Florida, had invited her son Glenn’s class of 16 children to his birthday on February 8, and when no one showed up, he was devastated.

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 autism.

‘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.

The 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 News-Gazette.

‘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.

And 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.

The 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.

Glenn, 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.



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19 responses to “But here’s a sweet story

  1. Farrightwing

    I love happy endings like this one.

  2. Farrightwing

    Chris, is farrightwing a blacklisted name? Just recently I noticed it is posted as Anonymous. I prefer farrightwing, can you fix it?

  3. Cos Cobber

    Sad, with a happy ending.

    After the party is over, its time to question where you live. Screw that school, pack your bags and try someplace else.

  4. This will surely give all the parents of the absent schoolmates cause for thought too. Great story – especially the helicopter!!!

  5. Anonymous

    Such a nice story, there are some great people out there.

  6. Anonymous

    What is wrong with those people??

  7. Be nice to autistic people !

    It’s mind boggling that the parents didn’t RSVP to the party ! Autistic people have feelings and should be respected ! God bless the people in the community ,who did the right thing and celebrated with Glenn and his family .

  8. anonymous

    Seems strange that when people weren’t RSVPing the mom didn’t reach out before there was panic. It says to me the mom didn’t know any of the other parents well. If you did, you’d call and say hey.

    I hope the names of the 16 parents who didn’t RSVP become known. Maybe the fire department will take their sweet time if one of them has a house fire.

  9. Mickster

    Something not kosher about this tale..not one of the 16 adult parents RSVP’d??? Not buying it – sorry

    • Anonymous Citizenette

      I was hesitant to be the first one to say I was a tad skeptical, but after so many stories on the ‘net that turn out not to be true………

    • housecat

      I’m sorry to say that it *is* believable. Something similar happened to us with my oldest’s 3rd birthday party. Only 3 RSVPs, (one “no”, two “yeses”). Only those two school friends came. Thank god we invited other people. I haven’t had that happen in GW – that was one of the reasons I came to loathe Westport. (Yes, now I would probably ping people, but at the time I worried about being rude. HA!)

      • uminn65

        Even if the story is not true, it is wonderful and affirming of the values we cherish. Particularly “these days” when so much of the news is so grim, we need to have stories like this.
        Thanks, CF, for helping keep us sane and somewhat balanced.

  10. Matt

    I saw this on the news over the weekend. I felt so bad for this kid. Glad the community stepped up for him…but you have to imagine it will still be a rough memory of showing up to the original Bday party with no one else there. Hope it’s better next year.