Maddox Nolin was excited about turning 5. His mom, Corina, of Fort McMurray, Canada, had thought up an incredible birthday party. She booked a space in the local recreation center complete with a bouncy castle. She invited friends and Maddox's entire kindergarten class. The boy was counting down the days.
Then the wildfires happened--forcing the evacuation of more than 100,000 people from the Alberta town. The Nolins fled their home too--and headed to Edmonton, four hours away. And while the boy never mentioned his party--or even if he were going to be getting any presents, his mom posted on Facebook that every time she thought about his birthday, "I was crying because I was so sad for him not having anything now."
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Luckily, the Nolin family had been put up at the Doubletree Hilton for a few days through the husband's employers. When the hotel staff got wind of Maddox's thwarted birthday-party plans, they baked a cake, put out some appetizers, and reserved a party area so the 5-year-old could celebrate in style. A woman Nolin had just met in Edmonton arrived with presents from both her and HER friends--all of them eager to give what they could to make the boy's birthday special.
You can see for yourself how happy Maddox is when he walks into the room. As his mom writes, this is another example of a nice story to come out of this terrible tragedy.
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