by Smith Callen | Top Right News
Ashlee Burattis autistic son Glenn invited his 16 classmates to his sixth birthday party. When no one showed up, Glenn was devastated.
Heartbroken after seeing the look on her sons face, Buratti took to Facebook to express her disappointment. She wrote:
I know this might be something silly to rant about, but my heart is breaking for my son.
Shortly after, her Facebook post received an unexpected response from the entire St. Cloud, Florida, community.
Not only did neighbors and strangers show up with gifts, but the Osceola County Sheriffs Office made an appearance as well in the form of a helicopter flyover.
The flyover was enough to light up Glenns face. Buratti recalls:
Glenn just smiled the whole time and waved.
In addition to the flyover, the Sheriffs Office visited Glenn again the next week with police cars, dogs, and even fire trucks.
Because of the sheer kindness of strangers, a potentially disastrous birthday turned into a truly special experience. Burrati says:
The amazingness of everybody coming together for somebody they didnt even know, a kid that didnt have anybody come to his birthday party, it warmed my heart, she told Local 6.
Glenns birthday wont be remembered as one of heartache. Instead, for years to come, the Buratti family will recall the generosity of the community that came together for their little boys happiness.