When not a single person from his class of 16 showed up to 6-year-old Glenn Buratti’s birthday party, his mother could only say “to see the look on his face killed me inside.”
Glenn Burrati is a 6-year-old boy with autism who had the power of the human spirit restored after his entire class inexplicably ditched his birthday party. When none of the students showed up for the birthday party, Glenn’s mother took to Facebook to vent her frustration. Soon after her Facebook posting many wonderful things began to happen, and a series of events led to Glenn having the greatest birthday any 6-year-old could ask for.
Strangers and family friends alike started showing up at the house with presents for Glenn, wishing him a happy birthday. Then the Osceola County Sheriff’s Office came across Ashlee Buratti’s Facebook post, and sent him a helicopter flyover that had him beaming ear-to-ear as he watched from shoulders of a family friend. And it didn’t stop there. Over the course of the next week the Osceola County Sheriff’s Office continued the outpouring of love by sending police cares and fire trucks each day for Glenn.
FOX4KC caught up with Glenn’s mother Ashlee to ask about why none of the classmates showed up to Glenn’s party: “So far Ashlee says there has been no word from the parents or children from Glenn’s elementary school as to why no one who was originally invited attended his party.”
Well, fuck everything about those parents. I’m sure individually some of them were unable to make it, but there’s absolutely NO WAY all sixteen sets of parents were busy at the time of the party, especially when they had advance notice.
Glenn Buratti was turning 6 years old and invited all of the kids from his class to his birthday party. Glenn’s mother, Ashlee Buratti, says the day of the party, nobody showed up.
“To see the look on his face killed me inside,” Ashlee Buratti told Local 6.
Buratti said her son was so devastated when he found out no one was coming to his birthday party that he refused to smile.
Thinking she failed him, Buratti said she turned to Facebook and wrote a post about how badly she felt for Glenn.
Buratti said almost immediately, complete strangers responded and soon, kids and their parents started arriving with gifts.
Buratti’s post also caught the eye of the Osceola County Sheriff’s Office, who sent their own gift– a flyover from the sheriff’s helicopter.
“One of our friends put him up on their shoulders and Glenn was smiling the whole time and waved. It was amazing,” Buratti said.
The deputies had also pooled their own money and bought Glenn gifts.
Buratti says the response from her one post on Facebook has almost been overwhelming but has restored her faith in her higher power and the human spirit.
Again, fuck everything about those parents who left this kid thinking none of his classmates were his friends and cared enough to show up for his birthday party.
And big ups to the Osceola County Sheriff’s Office for doing community outreach in the most meaningful way possible.