Mackenzie Moretter will celebrate her 10th birthday today surrounded by more than 400 friends – thanks to a Facebook plea by her mother.
But when nobody responded to invitations to her 10th birthday party, her mother Jenny Moretter took to Facebook and issued an open invitation to parents with children aged 9 to 11 to come to the party.
The response she got was overwhelming, with more than 430 guests having confirmed they will attend the event today, according to the Facebook page.
"Today is going to be the best day ever!" she wrote. "Mackenzie is so excited to meet and see everyone. As for her mom, I'm overwhelmed with emotions, my heart has been touched by so many stories similar to mine or just people wishing her a Happy Birthday.
"I will never be able to thank you all enough for your kindness."
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To cope with the larger-than-expected crowd, the party has had to be moved to Veterans Memorial Park in Shakopee.
Jenny Moretter wrote on the original post that her daughter has developmental issues that affects her speech and learning, and as such she is "often alone on the playground.
She told FOX 9 that other kids like Mackenzie, they just don't socialize with her.
"Kids don't want to play with me," the 10-year-old told the news station, but after the momentous response on social media, she said: "It's going to be fun – other girls are coming."