A lot can happen when we look out for each other.
Take, for example, the case of 10-year-old Mackenzie Moretter, who lives in Shakopee, Minnesota. For Mackenzie’s 10th birthday, Mom threw her a party in their backyard. The invitations were sent, the cake bought, and the guests…unresponsive.
Unfortunately, every single guest who had been invited declined the invitation. It looked like the birthday was going to fall through, which was especially heart-breaking for Mom Jenny Moretter. Mackenzie was born with Sotos Syndrome, a rare genetic disorder that causes developmental delays and excessive physical growth during childhood. For these reasons, Mackenzie has always had difficulty making friends and fitting in.
Without many options, Mom was forced to think fast and come up with a backup plan.
“She’s bubbly and she’s caring when you get to know her,” Jenny said about her daughter. She didn’t want her little girl all alone on her big day, so the creative Mom took to social media.
But rather than getting just a few Moms showing up with their daughters, Jenny had her post shared more than planned.
When Mackenzie and her family showed up to the park the next day, Elsa from Frozen had come:
NFL Vikings player Charles Johnson came by with his family:
In total, more than 350 complete strangers showed up to celebrate Mackenzie’s birthday with her.
The mayor of her town even declared it “Mackenzie Moretter Day,” making her one of the rare children out there to have a day named after them!
“I have a hard time making friends in school, but thanks to all of you … my voice was heard,” Mackenzie told the crowd, according to KARE 11. “I love you all.”
It’s a day that will be remembered forever that shows the power of the world we live in. If you believe a small ripple goes a long way and if you know how much of an impact each of us can have, please SHARE this inspiring story with friends and family on Facebook!
[Featured Image Credit: KFF Photography]