by Smith Callen | Top Right News
Ashlee Buratti’s 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 son’s 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 Sheriff’s Office made an appearance as well — in the form of a helicopter flyover.
The flyover was enough to light up Glenn’s face. Buratti recalls:
“Glenn just smiled the whole time and waved.”
In addition to the flyover, the Sheriff’s 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 didn’t even know, a kid that didn’t have anybody come to his birthday party, it warmed my heart, she told Local 6.
Glenn’s birthday won’t 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 boy’s happiness.