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World gets together on Facebook to wish 'friendless' boy Happy Birthday
Sarthak Saraswat, Hindustan Times
New Delhi, February 13, 2014
First Published: 23:12 IST(13/2/2014)
Last Updated: 08:41 IST(14/2/2014)

Have you ever had that dream where no one turns up for your birthday celebration? Have you ever feared about the celebration not being good enough?

Everyone likes celebrating their birthday with friends and the people they are close to. The combination of laughter, cheerful company, yummy cake and good food is cherished everyone.

But what would you do if you don't have any friends to invite to your birthday party? When the mother of 10-year-old Colin came to know that he did not want to celebrate his birthday because he had no friends, she decided to create a page on Facebook and show him that the world isn't such a bleak, friendless place.

A screen grab of the Facebook page created by Colin's mom. (Facebook)

"I am Colin's mom, I created this page for my amazing, wonderful, challenging son who is about to turn 11 on March 9th. Because of Colin's disabilities, social skills are not easy for him, and he often acts out in school, and the other kids don't like him. So when I asked him if he wanted a party for his birthday, he said there wasn't a point because he has no friends."

"He eats lunch alone in the office everyday because no one will let him sit with them, and rather than force someone to be unhappy with his presence, he sits alone in the office. So I thought, if I could create a page where people could send him positive thoughts and encouraging words, that would be better than any birthday party. Please join me in making my very original son feel special on his day," posted the child's mother on the Facebook page called "Happy Birthday Colin" that she created for him.

However, the thoughtful mother didn't expect the fantastic response that she got from the Facebook denizens. At the time of filing this story, the page had about 1.7 million likes.

A screen grab of the Facebook page created by Colin's mom. (Facebook)

"A page created to help a mom wish her son a Happy 11th Birthday. His birthday is March 9th. Address for Colin-PO box 756 Richland, MI 49083-0756," reads the 'about' description of the page.

People from all over the world, including the Rosenberg Police Department, mothers, teachers and several others flooded the page with comments blessing the little one and expressing their solidarity with him.

"Wow that is wonderful. He should feel loved because we all care about him. Nice work supermom," posted Tunde Brazlik, a visitor on the page.

"My son and I are VERY excited about mailing Colin a birthday card!" posted Krystle Lynn Thomas, another visitor.

A screen grab of the Facebook page created by Colin's mom. (Facebook)

"Wow, the support and love has been amazing. Thank you all! I do want to mention that we are no longer doing any interviews, and we are not accepting call. And Colin's school is no longer accepting calls. Please remember THIS IS A SECRET! We love all the support, but let's keep it on the page, please," says the latest post by Colin's mother.

Seeing such an amazing and heartwarming response from people to make a child's birthday memorable only enforces our belief that the world is still a wonderful place to live in. Cheers!


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