Meet the Moretter family from Shakopee, Minnesota. Their youngest daughter Mackenzie turned 10 this Saturday.
When none of Mackenzie's classmates RSVPed to her birthday party, her mom decided to do something a little out of the box.
When she was a year old, Mackenzie was diagnosed with Sotos syndrome. The genetic disorder causes development delays and speech and learning problems, which can make it really hard for Mackenzie to interact with other kids.
"Kids seem to like Mackenzie, they just don't really socialize with her," Mackenzie's mom, Jenny Moretter, told Fox 9 News.
When Moretter learned that none of Mackenzie's classmates were coming to her birthday party, she took the matter into her own hands. She went to several Facebook garage sale groups and posted messages asking other moms and their kids to stop by their party.
"I'm reaching out to moms who have daughters between the age of 9-11 that would love to come to a birthday party tomorrow from 11-1:30. You don't have to bring gifts or stay long, just stop by and wish her a happy birthday," Moretter wrote in her post.
Then, something incredible happened.
The message went viral and Moretter was flooded with positive replies. One of them suggested they move the party to a local park and create a Facebook event page. In an hour, they scored 300 guests.
The family received an amazing amount of support from the local community, with people volunteering to help them throw the best b-day bash ever.
Mackenzie got to meet a bunch of new, awesome people.
According to event photographer Keighla Anderson, it was everything a little girl could dream of.
"The party was amazing. Music, games, coloring, hula hoops, Snoopy, bubbles and most importantly: friends!" Anderson told A Plus.
Anderson, who captured the entire event in beautiful photographs, learned about it through her mom.
"I have a younger sister, Isabele, who is 11 and our mom was going to bring her by. Isabele also has special needs and understands what it is like to be different and to want friends. My mom asked if I would come along and take photos. I immediately volunteered to do it," Anderson told A Plus.
The girls bonded instantly and even exchanged phone numbers in order to arrange a play date.
Mackenzie had a beautiful "Frozen"-themed birthday cake.
And got to meet princess Elsa as well.
Look at all those presents!
There were tears, of course.
Tears of happiness.
Mackenzie got tons of birthday wishes and the Shakopee mayor even proclaimed Saturday to be "Mackenzie Moretter Day."
Mackenzie's mom expressed her gratitude in a Facebook post, where she said that the experience encouraged her to keep spreading the message of tolerance and love.
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