Over 400 strangers showed up to Mackenzie Moretter’s 10th birthday party this past Saturday at a park in Shakopee, Minnesota, after all the girls originally invited cancelled last minute or never RSVP’d in the first place.
Mackenzie’s mother, Jenny Moretter, told ABC News today that her daughter has Sotos syndrome, a form of gigantism that causes kids with it to grow faster, experience speech and learning delays and have social disabilities.
“I originally invited 10 girls three weeks prior, but we got two cancellations and the other girls’ moms didn’t RSVP at all,” said Moretter, 38. “It’s happened to her on previous birthdays where she would end up sitting alone with family. I didn’t want it to happen to my daughter again this year.”
Last Friday, Moretter posted on several local community Facebook pages inviting families with daughters Mackenzie’s age to stop by.
She thought maybe 15 girls would show up, but more than 400 people came throughout the day, including Minnesota Vikings player Charles Johnson and his family, “Elsa” and “Snoopy” from a local amusement park, and local firemen, she said.
“There was a DJ, arts and crafts tables, balloons for kids, a bubble machine where kids could run through, and local businesses donated food and supplies,” Moretter said. “I was amazed at how quickly the community pulled together this huge birthday party in less than 24 hours.”
Mackenzie’s mom added that a few of the original 10 girls invited actually stopped by to apologize and wish Mackenzie a happy birthday.
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Check out the video below for more on Mackenzie’s party.