In Shakopee, Minnesota, a Facebook invite went viral after Jenny Moretter, mother of 10-year-old Mackenzie posted it for her daughter's birthday party after guests canceled and just flat out didn't RSVP.
In the Facebook post, Jenny wrote, "Hello moms, I'm writing because I have a beautiful daughter named Mackenzie who is turning 10. I recently invited several girls to her Birthday party this Saturday. I got cancellations or no calls at all saying whether there coming or not."
Jenny went on to explain that Mackenzie has Sotos Syndrome, "Which means she has development delays such as speech and learning. She is incredibly loving and wants more than anything to have friends. At school she struggles and is often alone on the playground. As a mother, it is heartbreaking being you want your children to be happy." Her invitation was open to anyone who had a daughter between 9-11 years old. "You don't have to bring gifts or stay long, just stop by and wish her a Happy Birthday."
Looked like that Facebook post worked because more than 400 people showed up throughout the day! Guests included Elsa and Snoopy from a local amusement park, local firemen and even Minnesota Vikings player Charles Johnson and his family. And they ignored the note about not bringing gifts. In fact, Mackenzie received so many she's donating them to her local children's hospital for children with similar needs like hers.
Jenny also mentioned that some of the original girls who were invited ended up stopping by to apologize and to wish Mackenzie a Happy Birthday.
Feeling the love, Jenny expressed her appreciation on her Facebook page. "Our entire family is overwhelmed with the outpouring of love and support for Mackenzie." She went on to share the big takeaway: "I urge you to educate your children and students that ALL children are special and need a friend regardless of what race, color, religion, and clothes they wear or what special needs they may have. Have 'OPEN MIND AND OPEN HEARTS' for everyone. I'm so incredibly grateful that Mackenzie has touched so many hearts across the world."
Every kid deserves to enjoy their birthday celebration so we're glad Mackenzie had an extra memorable one.
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