Imagine being nine years old, and having no one show up to your birthday party?
That's what happened to Gerald Hamilton from Lake Station, IN, who turned 9 in March. Though he usually celebrated birthdays with family members, this year, he wanted to invite kids his own age. So he sent 30 invitations to classmates, and 12 people RSVPed yes--but on the day of the party, with the house decorated and the goodie bags ready, not one of them showed up.
His mom, Kristina Hamilton, finally called the parents of the 12 no-show kids, and they told her that her son was "too different" for their kids to play with. Gerald suffers from a brain complication that requires him to undergo surgery every three years, and because of that is slower than other children his age.
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When his Lara Williams heard what happened to her grandson, the upset grandmother took to Facebook to vent her frustrations--and to ask her friends and family to send cards for Gerald to cheer him up.
It turns out, she got so much more than she asked for.
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She woke up the next morning to a package at her front door--and letters and presents have been coming ever since, from people all over the country who heard the boy's story and wanted to send him some birthday cheer. But that's not the best part.
Once word got out in Gerald's community, he and his family were invited to the city council meeting, where he was greeted with a surprise birthday party, complete with more gifts and a K-9 dog to play with.
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"I'm happy that we can show him that not everyone is bad and that there are some people out there with genuinely good hearts."
PLUS: Read these hilarious, on-point thank you notes from kids!
"Thank you sooooo much for being my mom. If I had a different mom I would punch her in the face and go find you." LOL!