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The public’s response when nobody turned up to this autistic 6-year-old’s birthday was incredible

When not one person from six-year-old Glenn Buratti’s class showed up to his birthday party, he was heartbroken.

Glenn’s mother, Ashlee, sent invites to all 16 children in her son’s form and despite no RSVPs from parents, she still hoped that at least one of Glenn’s classmates would show.

But they didn’t – and when Mrs Buratti broke the news to her son, who is autistic, she said the look on his face ‘killed her inside.’

Devastated for her son, she took to Facebook, venting on the local Osceola Rants, Raves & Reviews List.

‘I know this might be something silly to rant about, but my heart is breaking for my son,’ she posted.

‘We invited his whole class (16 kids) over for his 6th birthday party today. Not one kid came.’

The response of the good people of Osceola, Florida, blew her mind.

Responses poured in. Locals asked if they could stop by to wish Glenn a happy birthday and drop him a gift. Within a few hours, 15 children and 25 adults had turned up, reports the Osceola News-Gazette.

One woman brought Glenn a brand new bike, while another came and took pictures of the family, when he then gave to them.

The Osceola County Sheriff’s Office sent the force helicopter to fly over the party, while officers pooled their money to buy gifts for the six-year-old.

A few days later, the town’s fire department stopped by to pay Glenn a visit, wishing him a belated happy birthday and letting him climb up on the fire truck.

A week since the party, Mrs Buratti told WKMG that she still hadn’t heard from any of Glenn’s classmates’ parents – but she didn’t mind.

‘The amazingness of everybody coming together for someone that they didn’t even know, a kid that didn’t have anybody come to his birthday party – it warmed my heart,’ she said.