Facebook post showing girl sitting alone at birthday party goes viral

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Image via embeddable Facebook post courtesy of Rebecca Lyn

BANGOR, Maine– A woman’s Facebook post, which shows a girl sitting alone at her birthday party, has gone viral.

Rebecca Lyn says the photo she shared shows her cousin, Hallee, last year at her 18th birthday party.  Rebecca writes:

“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.

She had been so excited to have a party with her friends. She wanted to go bowling, have fun, and eat cake and Ice Cream. Invitations went out to her classmates at school and to other friends in the area. Hallee sat at her party anxiously waiting for her friends to arrive so they could have fun….but Hallee’s friends would never arrive. Not a single one. Below is the picture of her celebrating alone – eating her birthday cake. My cousin is a beautiful young woman who will always have the mind of a child…so as you can imagine, she was heartbroken and beyond sad. She was hurt…”

Now, with Hallee’s 19th birthday approaching in July, Rebecca is asking everyone for a favor: help flood Hallee’s mailbox with birthday cards from all over. Rebecca said Hallee loves getting mail and it would be the best birthday gift she could ask for. She provided an address:

Hallee Sorenson
34 Wellesley Way
Bangor, ME 04401

The Facebook post has been shared more than 70,000 times.