When Ashlee Buratti was planning her son's sixth birthday party, it never crossed her mind that no one would show up.
From the moment Glenn woke up he couldn't wait until his friends arrived, she said.
"None of the kids' parents RSVP'd, but I was still holding on to the hope that some of them would show up. It never crossed my mind that it would be zero," Ashlee Buratti told Osceola News-Gazette.
Buratti said her son was in tears after learning none of his classmates were coming to celebrate his birthday.
From the cake to the entertainment and food, birthday parties can cost a fortune, making it equally distressing for parents when children don't show up.
Something we saw play out in the media recently when a Cornwall mum took a stand against birthday party no-shows, invoicing the offending family £15.95 ($29.40) for not showing up to their son's birthday party after agreeing to attend.
But for Buratti it wasn't about the cost of the party.
"He's really sensitive," Ashlee said, adding that Glenn has epilepsy and a mild form of autism.
"It's probably one of the biggest hurts you can have, to see how let down your child is when nobody shows up for them," she told Fox 35-Orlando.
Venting her frustration on Facebook Buratti said she was baffled as to why no one could make the party.
"I know this might be something silly to rant about, but my heart is breaking for my son. We invited his whole class (16 kids) over for his 6th birthday party today. Not one kid came," she told members on the Osceola Rants Raves & Reviews List.
"I just wanted to vent to other parents who maybe had been through the same thing," said Buratti.
Instead, people were asking if they could bring their children over for the afternoon.
At first, Buratti said her husband John was sceptical about having random strangers over but soon realised they had good intentions.
In the end, about 15 kids and 25 adults showed up.
"One lady brought him a brand new bike," Buratti said.
"One guy brought his camera and spent most his time snapping pictures of our family, which he gave to us. It was just amazing. The people who came out were so awesome," she said.
Osceola County Sheriff's Office joined in the celebrations too. Phoning to ask for the family's address, an employee told them to look outside in the next hour.
"Sure enough, half an hour later there they were. They circled the house, flew low and waved," she said.
After everyone went home Buratti wrote online, "You don't know how much this meant to us today."
A few days later the celebrations continued when several crews from the Sheriff's Office and Osceola County Fire Rescue came over to visit Glenn.
"They said his story really touched their hearts and they wanted to do something," Buratti said.
Again, strangers showered Glenn with kindness.
"And to think, all this happened because nobody showed up to his birthday," said Buratti.
"Thank you, thank you, thank you."