World's Coolest Mom Set to Surprise Boy With 1 Million+ Facebook Friends for His Birthday
byKaitlin StanfordFeb 12, 2014
Soon-to-be 11-year-old Colin has been kind of dreading his birthday for awhile now. The Big Day isn't until March 9, but he's already told his mom she may as well skip the party. “When I asked him if he wanted a party for his birthday, he said there wasn’t a point because he has no friends,” his mom Jennifer wrote last week on Facebook.
The poor guy isn't exaggerating, either. So far, Colin's birthdays haven't had the best track record: his last one was in kindergarten, and only one person showed up. (Just typing that breaks our heart.)
While we all know firsthand that making friends in grade school can be pretty rough, it's especially difficult for little Colin, who has a condition his mom describes as similar to Asperger's Syndrome. He often struggles with facial expressions and verbal cues, which doesn't exactly go over well with his 5th grade classmates. But lately, things have gotten even worse.
"The main thing was finding out that a lot of parents were trying to get their kids out of Colin's class and the teacher told him," Jennifer told GoodMorningAmerica.com. "His peers don't understand him but every adult who meets him loves him so I thought I would go to a place where adults and my friends are, Facebook, and have them write nice messages to Colin so I could share them on his birthday."
Jennifer's stroke of genius led her to set up a Facebook page entirely devoted to celebrating Colin's birthday and general awesomeness... and the results were more than she could have imagined. Since February 2, Colin's page has earned over 1 million likes (and counting!)–way more friends than the little boy probably ever hoped for.
But that's not all. Comments, words of encouragement, and early birthday wishes have been flooding the page from all over the world, and Jennifer has been reading (and crying) over each and every one of them. She also purchased a special P.O. Box address for people to send birthday cards, and says the mail has been piling up.
The best part? Colin has no idea about any of this yet. Mom was hoping to make the big reveal on his birthday, when she planned to take him to a local McDonald's, fire up her laptop and show him all of the people out there who love him.
"Now that it's gotten so big, I don't know what we're going to do," Jennifer told GMA.
We don't know about you, but we certainly can't wait for March 9. In the meantime, you can leave your own birthday wishes and become Colin's friend by heading to his Facebook page here.