Hundreds Attend Girl's Birthday Party After Her Mom's Facebook Appeal Goes Viral
Mackenzie Moretter’s 10th birthday party was quite the affair – just ask Frozen‘s Elsa, Minnesota Vikings football player Charles Johnson or any of the more than 300 people in attendance.
Even more impressive? Saturday’s bash in Shakopee, Minnesota, shaped up in just 12 short hours – after all of Mackenzie Moretter’s original invitees declined.
Mackenzie’s parents, Jenny Moretter and Matt Moretter, told BuzzFeed News their daughter was diagnosed with Sotos syndrome at age one, a rare genetic disorder which caused brain damage that led to developmental delays and made socializing difficult.
“She’s never really had any friends,” Matt Moretter told the website.
Jenny Moretter said that after all 10 of the invited guests turned down her daughter’s party, she desperately took to Facebook on Friday in hopes that a few of her friends would bring their kids.
Jenny Moretter’s plea quickly went viral, attracting the attention of local news outlets and elsewhere. The community quickly rallied around Mackenzie, turning her small party into an unmissable event at a local park.
Companies donated a variety of foods and beverages, including cupcakes and a large Frozen-themed birthday cake.
Shakopee Mayor Brad Tabke also issued an official proclamation, declaring April 18, 2015, to be “Mackenzie Moretter Day,” according to USA Today. The Shakopee Fire Department also stopped by, allowing Mackenzie’s guests to tour the fire truck.
“From the moment Mackenzie has been born, she’s made a unique mark on the world. She’s been a light to everyone that knows her,” Jenny Moretter wrote on the party’s Facebook event page on Sunday. “This is why in planning her party, I was so taken aback when individuals didn’t RSVP.”
As a mother, I was heartbroken for my daughter,” she continued. “I see a side of Mackenzie the rest of the world may not be privy to – she’s intelligent and thoughtful, courageous and kind. Mackenzie was deserving of one special birthday.”
Jenny Moretter expressed her gratitude for those who helped make the party a success, and praised the Minnesota community for their kindness.
“On Saturday, you changed the life of a little girl that many of you have never met,” she wrote. “And, you’ve given this mother purpose to spread a message of acceptance, tolerance and love.”
Mackenzie also made it clear she was touched by all the people who made an effort to make her birthday extra-special.
“I have a hard time making friends in school, but thanks to all of you my voice was heard,” Mackenzie told the crowd, per USA Today. “I love you all.”