Local law enforcement in St. Cloud, Florida, came together to surprise a 6-year-old autistic boy on his birthday when none of his classmates showed up for his party.
Glenn Buratti, who has autism and epilepsy, was ready to celebrate his sixth birthday and invited all the kids from his class to the party. Sadly, on the day of the party, none of the kids showed up.
“To see the look on his face killed me inside,” Ashlee Buratti, Glenn’s mom, told Local 6 News, adding that the young boy was so sad about nobody showing up that he refused to smile for most of the day.
The heartbroken mother says she turned to Facebook to vent her frustration, and almost immediately, people from all over started responding, including some complete strangers. Not long after, people started showing up at the Buratti family’s home with gifts for young Glenn.
Not only did Ashlee’s post reach complete strangers, but amazingly, local law enforcement got wind of it and decided to surprise the young boy. At one point during the day, the Osceola County Sheriff’s Office did a flyover using the police helicopter as Glenn looked on in amazement.
“One of our friends put him up on their shoulders and Glenn was smiling the whole time and waved,” Ashlee explained. “It was amazing.”
The mom says she still hasn’t heard from the parents or classmates who didn’t show up for her son’s party a week later, but the generosity shown by strangers warmed her heart and made her son’s birthday great.
“The amazingness of everybody coming together for someone that they didn't even know,” Buratti said. “A kid that didn't have anybody come to his birthday party. It warmed my heart.”