Mom helps son with 'no friends' get 1.3 million birthday greetings

Feb. 12, 2014 at 4:15 PM
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RICHLAND, Mich., Feb. 12 (UPI) -- A Michigan woman set up a birthday Facebook page for her son, who said he has "no friends," and the page has received more than 1.3 million likes.

The Richland woman, identified only as Jennifer, said her 10-year-old son, Colin -- who suffers from a sensory processing disorder and another disorder similar to autism and Asperger's syndrome -- told her he did not want a party for his 11th birthday March 9 because he has no friends, reported Wednesday.

"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," Jennifer wrote on the "Happy Birthday Colin" Facebook page.

She said the page had 9,000 likes within a week of being set up Feb. 2 and it had grown to more than 1.3 million by Wednesday afternoon. She included a mailing address on the page for fans to send birthday greetings to Colin through the mail.

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