A Bangor, Maine birthday will be happier this year for Hallee Sorenson after a cousin of the 18-year-old with autism went on Facebook asking for birthday cards to make up for last year when no one came to Hallee's birthday party. She's getting a bunch.
The post by Rebecca Prefontaine in Massachusetts has gone viral, with the message being shared more than 227,000 times as of Monday and more than 50 people leaving comments.
Prefontaine, who said her cousin's birthday is July 2, included a picture of her 18th birthday when no one showed up to her birthday party.
"She wanted to go bowling, have fun, and eat cake and ice cream," Prefontaine wrote. "… but Hallee's friends would never arrive. Not a single one. Below is the picture of her celebrating alone – eating her birthday cake. My cousin is a beautiful young woman who will always have the mind of a child...so as you can imagine, she was heartbroken and beyond sad. She was hurt."
Hallee Sorensen's mother, Allyson Seel-Sorenson told the Bangor Daily News
that she and Prefontaine have received messages from almost every state in the country, as well as from England, the Netherlands and Vietnam. Gifts have come as well, even though, Prefontaine only asked for cards, noted the newspaper.
"(Prefontaine's) a 911 dispatcher in a little town outside of Boston, and she shared that picture," Seel-Sorenson told the Daily News. "I think she was hoping that some of her fireman and police officer friends might send a card. I don't think she had any idea that this would happen."
"[Rebecca] has called me a dozen times and said, 'I'm so sorry. Do you still love me?' Which I think is just hysterical," Seel-Sorenson added.
Seel-Sorenson added that she believed the Facebook post simply came at the right time for people looking to share in something positive, the Daily News reported.
"And I think people are ready for something like this," Seel-Sorenson told the Daily News. "People are ready for something good. And it's my baby. It's my girl."
Social media rallied around Hallee to make sure she has a great birthday.
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