'I'm Overwhelmed': Mother's Facebook Plea For Birthday Wishes For Son Goes Viral

| by Sean Kelly
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A mother in England took to Facebook to beg people to send her 11-year-old son, whom she said has no friends, birthday cards and messages.

Molly-Mole Povey, a mother from Devon, England, said she was heartbroken to discover that her son, Roman, had no friends at school.

“Roman doesn't have any friends and often cries himself to sleep because of this,” she wrote in the Facebook post. “I cannot express how heart-breaking these past few years have been seeing my beautiful boy so upset, so often.”

Two weeks before Roman’s 11th birthday, Povey – fearing that her son’s special day would be ruined if he didn’t receive cards and gifts – pleaded with her friends on Facebook to send well wishes to Roman, saying that it “would mean the world to him to feel special for once and popular.”

“Sometimes he sits crying asking if he will get a call to invite him to a classmate’s party, and we have to explain that he won’t,” Povey continued. “I have even rung friends up and asked if I can pay the party fee to take Roman along and keep an eye on him – but no, this has not worked either.”

Her post soon went viral, and the stunned mother ended up receiving hundreds of birthday cards from around the world.

“Within 12 hours my post had been shared around the world from friends to their friends and beyond,” she told BBC. “The moment I realised [sic] it had gone global was when someone in Uganda messaged me and asked if they could send my son Roman a birthday card. It's been amazing, I'm overwhelmed with people's kindness.”

Sources: Daily Mirror, BBC

Photo Credit:, BBC