Two parents in Minnesota wanted to give their special needs daughter a birthday she wouldn’t forget, but they didn’t get any RSVPs after sending out invitations to her party at school. So, they turned to social media for help, and the response was overwhelming.
“Ever since she was born, it has been a struggle with Mackenzie.”
Their soon-to-be 10-year-old has a lot in common with most kids. But Mackenzie Moretter’s parents say a rare genetic disorder makes it harder for her to make friends.
“Her skull wasn’t able to form completely. Therefore, it caused some brain damage.”
What makes her different is minor compared to what makes her just like everyone else.
“Other birthdays in the past have, for the most part, been family. She wanted to have a big girl birthday party with friends coming over and stuff.”
Jenny and Matt sent out some invites to students at school. They say the kids don’t know Mackenzie very well and no one responded.
“I want so much for much for Mackenzie to belong. I want her to have friends and people to accept her for who she is.”
Jenny posted in a few Facebook groups asking for girls around Mackenzie’s age to please stop by their home in Shakopee Saturday for a birthday party.
“I honestly thought it would be a matter of a few other moms out there that I touched there heartstrings.”
But, by the hundreds, people shared the post.
“We don’t know how many people are coming, honestly. We started making cupcakes. I got two boxes in, and I think we are going to need some more.”
Mackenzie suddenly had a huge party to get ready for, complete with gifts from strangers turned friends.
“This present is from a boy named Sam who thought about me.”
“It’s going to make her day tomorrow one great birthday. I cannot thank everyone enough.”
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