Grade school can be a lonely place. Just ask 10-year-old Colin.
According to his mother, Jennifer, Colin has a sensory processing disorder similar to Asperger’s syndrome and “eats lunch in the office every day because no one will let him sit with them.” When it came time for his mom to plan his 11th birthday party, Colin told her not to bother; he had no one to invite.
For Jennifer, this wouldn’t do. To give Colin a surprise on his special day, she set up a secret Facebook page encouraging strangers to send him birthday messages. The plan worked, better than she expected: Since its inception on Feb. 2, the page “Happy Birthday Colin” has over a million likes.
Fans of the page chimed in from all over the world, sharing positive messages for the little boy they’d never met. Even the Harlem Globetrotters got involved, offering to throw Colin a belated birthday party when they stopped by the area in April.
Still, Jennifer says, there’s a downside to all the media attention the page has garnered: The surprise has almost been ruined for Colin.
“Several kids at school told him they saw him on the news, and he overheard a teacher saying to another teacher that she saw him on Facebook,” Jennifer wrote on the page Monday. “Colin’s dad and I were able to explain it away, but please be careful if you know him in real life.”
Colin’s birthday is March 9. If you want to send him a note, his mother has set up a secret mailing address:
P.O. Box 756
Richland, MI 49083-0756
You have under a month to get your cards in!
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