Birthday 're-do' for boy with autism after no one showed for first party

A 6-year-old boy with autism in Florida had an incredible birthday party, thanks to strangers and people who serve and protect after his original party ended before it started with bitter disappointment.

Six-year-old Glenn Buratti has a lot to be thankful for. He recently scored a huge birthday surprise from sheriff's deputies and fire fighters at his home in Saint Cloud, Florida. All this comes after his mom planned an earlier birthday party and not one of the 16 children she invited showed up.

"Probably one of the biggest hurts you can have, to see how let down your child is when nobody shows up for them," says Ashlee Buratti, Glenn's mother.

It was a crushing day for little Glenn. Mom vented about it on Facebook, and one week later, Glenn came home from school to see fire trucks, a police motorcycle, and even a helicopter fly over -- all belated birthday wishes. 

"His face just lit up," Ashlee said.  "His eyes got real big! He smiled the whole time."

These are some of the gifts fire fighters and deputies brought to Glenn.

"They treated us like family," Ashlee explained.  "That's all we could have asked for from anybody was just to be there for us." 

Neighbors and strangers dropped off birthday gifts and hundreds of people sent greetings on Facebook. Other moms of children with autism sent thank you messages online. 

"I'm very surprised," said John Buratti, Glenn's father. "It was one Facebook post, and it took off and people helping us and it was amazing."

Glenn's mom hopes there will never be another child's birthday party where no one shows up, because a child is a little different.

"Treat him like anybody else. Just love them. They've got a heart just like normal kids."

Thanks to our sister station WOFL FOX 35 in Orlando for this story.

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