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Hallee Sorenson spent her 18th birthday in a bowling alley waiting for guests who never arrived. Hallee, who has autism, had invited 20 of her classmates to her birthday party last year. Not a single one showed up. This year her cousin Rebecca is making sure her birthday will be one to remember.

Rebecca Lyn wrote a moving post on Facebook about her cousin Hallee and how wonderful she is:

“Hallee is an amazing person-a person I am proud to be related to. She is also a person who just happens to have Autism. She has never let that small detail define who she is as a person-which is why I refuse to use it as something to describe her.”

Rebecca’s post describes what happened at last year’s party and calls out for her Facebook friends to do something about it.

She asked for friends to send cards to Hallee for her birthday to brighten her day. “I would love to flood her mailbox with birthday cards, from all over! Hal loves getting mail- this would be the best birthday gift she could ask for.”

Since then the Facebook post has been shared over 230 000 times. Rebecca was hoping the post would gather a few dozen cards from friends, but never expected this response. She has already received emails from Italy, France, Ireland, and all over the US, from people pledging to send cards. Although Hallee’s birthday isn’t until July she’s already received stacks of cards in the mail, along with balloons and flowers.

If you want to send Hallee a card, send it to:

Hallee Sorenson                                                                                                                                                     34 Wellesley Way                                                                                                                                               Bangor, ME 04401

We think this is one birthday she’ll never forget.