Minnesota Girl Gets Party of a Lifetime

Paying it Forward

A young girl from Minnesota was heartbroken after no one in her class rsvp’d to her birthday party. So her mom turned to facebook for help. Thanks to the loyalty of strangers touched by her story, the young girl got a birthday party she’ll never forget.

Fox News’ Leah Beno: “To say Mackenzie’s birthday is a success is a bit of an understatement. We’ve got Vikings players, we’ve got characters from Frozen and most importantly, we’ve got one very happy birthday girl. There was the familiar hustle before any birthday party, but for this one organizers had no idea who was coming or how many guests.

Organizer: “It’s a party that has come together in 11 hours.”

Families responding to a mom’s heartfelt facebook post after no one from Mackenzie Moretter’s 4th grade class responded to her birthday party invite.

Jenny Moretter: “She’s nervous, scared. I think by the end of the day she’ll love the attention.”

When Mackenzie turned one, she was diagnosed with Sotos Syndrome. Marked by an enlarged skull, which led to surgery. It also has developmental delays and speech problems. At least one family came because they can relate.

Jeanette Vandenberg: “We do not know the family. We came out because Kyle went through some tough times like that too and I know how important it is and they’ve got awesome memories. She will never forget this.”

Within 24 hours to many donations poured in then organizers could count. Everything from decorations, a DJ, games, crafts, cake, and BBQ. Hundreds of people, mostly strangers, came to support Mackenzie.

Samantha Berent: “I think it’s amazing how they pulled it off in such a short amount of time.”

Plus Snoopy, Elsa from frozen, firefighters offering truck tours for kids, gopher star turned buffalo bills tight end Marqueis Gray, along with Vikings wide receiver Charles Johnson.

Johnson: “It’s crazy to see how many people really truly have a heart out here and it’s just a great turn out. I’m blessed to be here.”

Not expecting presents, plenty piled up. A go fund me campaign now includes roughly 2 thousand dollars in donations. Organizers now hope to use that money to start a non-profit aimed at organizing birthday parties for other kids.

Paul Debettignies: “People who have moved to an area and don’t know anybody yet. Like what do you do for their birthday when you don’t know anybody?”

With the song of the day, the party was complete.

Mackenzie: “I have a hard time making friends but thanks to you my voice was heard. I love you all.”

Despite any differences all any kid wants is to be accepted, have friends, and feel loved. That’s what made Mackenzie Moretter day better than expected.“

Jenny Moretter: “Chances are I won’t be able to say hello to everyone who is here today, and thank you all for coming.”

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