A Michigan mom, whose son told her there was “no point” to having a birthday party because he had no friends, has surely altered the course of the boy’s life by created a Facebook page for his 11th birthday asking friends and family to send him positive thoughts.
“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,” she wrote on the ‘Colin is Eleven‘ Facebook Page. “I created this page for my amazing, wonderful, challenging son who is about to turn 11 on March 9th.”
She thought she might get 50 responses, if all went well, but — you guessed it — the social media world exploded and after a week, the page had 50,000 fans. Now in its tenth day the page, which is a secret from her son, has 1.1 million likes, and birthday cards have begun arriving in a Post Office Box from all over the world.
Cheryl Green Maynard was one of the commenters who encouraged Colin, saying on the page, “My son has aspergers syndrome and was left out and teased in school… He is now 32 years old, married and with a good job. You too will accomplish whatever you chose to do.”
Colin’s mom Jennifer and sister Ella can’t wait to surprise him on his birthday. Ella says, “He’ll probably scream his pants off.”
Write your own message for Colin here, or send your birthday wishes through the Post Office: PO Box 756 Richland, MI 49083-0756.