Colin’s 11th birthday is March 9. He loves the playing with his Nintendo Ds, watching the show “Dr. Who”, recording videos of humorous observations and aspires to be a comedian someday. But unlike most 5th graders, he was not excited when his mother asked him if he wanted to have a birthday party. Instead he said he had no friends to invite and there was no point in having a party.
Broken hearted, this Kalamazoo, Michigan mom, Jennifer, was determined to show her son that people cared for him on his birthday and she turned to Facebook to create “Happy Birthday Colin”, a page with the intention of showing him on his birthday.
“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,” Jennifer wrote on the Facebook page. “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.”
As reported by Wood TV, Colin was diagnosed with sensory processing disorders to Aspergers Syndrome and another about a year ago. Because of his disorder, Colin has difficulty socializing with others and tends to act out in certain situations. In the interview, Jennifer stated “Things like lights and sound and changes will cause him to melt down”. “When you put a bunch of 10 year olds and one who acts like that, and they are all going, “What’s wrong with that kid?” You know, it’s hard.”
She was hoping to get about 50 responses from family and friends, but in the first week alone she received not only an overwhelming outpouring of love and support from all over the world for her son, but the Facebook page had garnered over 50,000 likes. The page has gone viral and now “Happy Birthday Colin” have over 1 million likes
Colin has no idea of the page’s existence and his mom is planning to keep the secret for almost another month until his birthday. She plans to post a video recording to the Facebook page to share his reaction with all of his new friends.
“He’s going to have a lot of friends after this,” Jennifer said. “They may not live by him, but he’s going to have a lot of friends.”
Jennifer also posted a mailing address for those who would like to send their birthday wishes to Colin. If you would like to send Colin a birthday wish, you can write to:
Richland, MI 49083-0756
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