After a teen with autism celebrated her birthday alone last year, her cousin is making sure that never happens again.
Last week, Rebecca Guildford of Massachusetts posted a Facebook photo of her cousin Hallee Sorenson eating cake at her 18th birthday party while waiting for friends and classmates to arrive.
Sorenson's mother told the Bangor Daily News that they sent out 20 invitations, but they did not receive any RSVPs.
According to Guildford's Facebook post, none of the invited guests attended, which left Sorenson "heartbroken and beyond sad."
Sorenson turning is 19 in July, and Guildford wanted to make this year's birthday memorable for all of the right reasons. So she included a special plea in her Facebook post.
"I would love to flood her mailbox with birthday cards, from all over," Guildford wrote on Facebook. "[Hallee] loves getting mail- this would be the best birthday gift she could ask for. If you could find it in your heart to take a few [minutes] out of your day and send her a card, I would be forever grateful. This would mean a lot to her mother as well, for as you can imagine, watching your child cry into her birthday cake breaks your heart. If there is anyone who deserves a great birthday, this is the girl."
Her Facebook has received over 200,000 shares since June 7. As a result, Guildford expects that her cousin will be inundated with cards.
"She's going to see that a lot of people want to be her friend and want to wish her well," Guildford told CBS News.
Birthday cards can be mailed to:
34 Wellesley Way
Bangor, ME 04401
A Plus reached out to Guildford for a comment.