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Fri Jun 10, 2016, 05:42 PM

 

No one shows for teen's birthday. The internet steps in

Call for a better birthday for autistic teen answered
Patrick Whittle, Associated Press Updated 2:50 pm, Friday, June 10, 2016


Photo shows heartbroken teen all alone at birthday party
WCVB - Boston, MA



PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Hallee Sorenson sat alone in a bowling alley, flanked by balloons and streamers, at her 18th birthday party after no one showed up. Her cousin wants to make things right for her this year.

Rebecca Guildford, of Oxford, Massachusetts, said that Sorenson, who is autistic, deserves a big celebration for her 19th birthday next month, so she posted the party picture of Sorenson on Facebook.

"This would mean a lot to her mother as well, for as you can imagine, watching your child cry into her birthday cake breaks your heart," Guildford wrote. "If there is anyone who deserves a great birthday, this is the girl."

Sorenson lives in Bangor, Maine. Guildford asked people to "flood her mailbox" with birthday cards and letters, and included an address in the Facebook post.

The response has been overwhelming.


http://www.sfgate.com/news/article/Call-for-a-better-birthday-for-autistic-teen-goes-7975046.php

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Reply No one shows for teen's birthday. The internet steps in (Original post)
Liberal_in_LA Jun 2016 OP
Ken Burch Jun 2016 #1
yeoman6987 Jun 2016 #2
xmas74 Jun 2016 #6
madaboutharry Jun 2016 #3
tymorial Jun 2016 #4
Aerows Jun 2016 #5
smirkymonkey Jun 2016 #7
EllieBC Jun 2016 #12
sheshe2 Jun 2016 #8
OnyxCollie Jun 2016 #9
Heidi Jun 2016 #10
Liberal_in_LA Jun 2016 #11

Response to Liberal_in_LA (Original post)

Fri Jun 10, 2016, 05:44 PM

1. Good to see people care. That picture is heartbreaking.

 

Poor kid looks like she's having a Janis Ian moment there.

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Response to Ken Burch (Reply #1)

Fri Jun 10, 2016, 05:46 PM

2. Sad but why did it take a year to report?

 

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Response to yeoman6987 (Reply #2)

Fri Jun 10, 2016, 05:53 PM

6. The articles I've read said a relative

Posted the pic now to get a birthday card shower for this year's birthday.

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Response to Liberal_in_LA (Original post)

Fri Jun 10, 2016, 05:47 PM

3. I don't understand when this happens.

I have seen stories like this before. What do people do, say they're coming and then not show up? Where do people get the idea that that is an ok way to treat another person?

Good for all those who were there for her this year. ❤️

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Response to Liberal_in_LA (Original post)

Fri Jun 10, 2016, 05:49 PM

4. My heart is broken.

I have a daughter and I cannot imagine. ugh. I need to go hug my kid.

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Response to Liberal_in_LA (Original post)

Fri Jun 10, 2016, 05:52 PM

5. Damn even the more nerdy than me

 

chick showed up at my post prom party, and we had flan and chaperones. Oh well, even my mom's chaperone smuggled the four of us a wine cooler or two. Neither of us were really into our dates (I think I was more into her than she was into her date, too).

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Response to Liberal_in_LA (Original post)

Fri Jun 10, 2016, 05:56 PM

7. Poor girl! This is hearbreaking! What is wrong with people?

Did they accept and then just blow it off? Did they even acknowledge the invite or call to say they couldn't come? I can't believe how ill-mannered these parents are and what horrible lessons they are teaching their children.

I am glad there are some good people out there who want to make it up to her, but it's just so sad to think of how hurt she must have been.

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Response to smirkymonkey (Reply #7)

Fri Jun 17, 2016, 12:58 AM

12. Manners are soooooooo last century.

You wouldn't believe the amount of people who cannot be bothered to RSVP to events. Or they RSVP one way and last minute change their minds and do not tell the hosts.

So yes, there are generations being raised without some of the most basic of social graces.

My heart breaks for that young woman. My oldest daughter has autism and as her delays are social and emotional, it warms my heart when people go out of their way to include her.

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Response to Liberal_in_LA (Original post)

Fri Jun 10, 2016, 06:04 PM

8. Happy upcoming Birthday Halle.

Tears that you were left alone.

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Response to Liberal_in_LA (Original post)

Fri Jun 10, 2016, 07:57 PM

9. When I was in fourth grade, I went to a birthday party

 

for my friend, George.

I was the only one who showed up.

I remember his mom thanked me profusely.

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Response to Liberal_in_LA (Original post)

Wed Jun 15, 2016, 10:15 AM

10. Happy birthday, Hallee!

I wish you every good thing!

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Response to Liberal_in_LA (Original post)

Fri Jun 17, 2016, 12:46 AM

11. Update..she has received 10,000 cards

 

So the Internet did what the Internet does. It reacted — this time in the most glorious way possible. Sorenson, who will turn 19 on July 19, has received birthday cards from the Boston Red Sox, Washington Redskins, John Elway and even the state of Ohio. A deluge of greetings, flowers, teddy bears and even CDs from all over the world have kept Sorenson's postal worker busy.

http://www.latimes.com/local/education/la-me-education-teen-autism-birthday-20160616-snap-htmlstory.html



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And though the family has stressed that they do not want birthday gifts — just cards — some folks have still sent presents. Seel-Sorenson said that while everything sent is appreciated, they do not plan to keep the vast majority of gifts they have received.

“We’ll pick a few things for Hallee and her sister to keep, put aside a few things for Christmas and the rest we’ll donate,” she said.

One of the things the family does plan to keep is a handmade afghan, crocheted by a grandmother in California and sent next day mail to the family.


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http://cultureshock.bangordailynews.com/2016/06/13/bangor/six-days-later-the-birthday-cards-keep-flooding-in-for-hallee-sorenson/

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