A Seattle stepmother was in a panic after she had planned a big birthday party for her soon-to-be 5-year-old stepdaughter, but few of her invited guests were able to attend the festivities. Then she turned to a popular West Seattle Facebook group, which ended up saving the little girl's party.
Two days before Claire's birthday party on May 31, stepmom Melissa Hunter realized she had decorations, food, and favors galore — but that their guest list left a lot to be desired after many families canceled because of family trips or other events, reports Q13 Fox.
"I was really scrambling," Hunter told the news station. "I texted people that were more acquaintances. Trying to see if they could show up."
When that failed to work, Hunter says she turned to an unlikely source for help: Facebook. She found a group called Buy Nothing West Seattle, which encourages people to "give freely. Share creatively. Post anything you'd like to give away, lend, or share among neighbors. Ask for anything you'd like to receive for free or borrow. Keep it legal."
Even though the group is usually used for giving and receiving household items or clothing, Hunter said she didn't feel she had anything to lose by posting a request on their page that families with children attend Claire's birthday party. She only asked if two little girls could come by to keep her stepdaughter company — but the response she received was overwhelming.
"Within minutes, we had a post that said 'Us and our daughter are down,'" Hunter said. "More than 135 people liked the post, and by the end we had 180 comments. Thirty families were willing to bring their child or children to our home for the party."
Just in time for the party, 13 children between the ages of 3 and 9 were scheduled to attend. Hunter said there was no awkwardness among the children and that she made friends with their parents.
"All of the parents stayed for the party," she said. "I felt comfortable with all of them. Everyone was helping out. Everyone was genuine."
Claire also had the time of her life, she said.
"When I put her to sleep that night, she said, 'I love all my new friends,'" Hunter said. "It was so delightfully perfect."
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