Amelia Lara, Gerald’s grandmother, said twelve classmates would attend the celebration. The little kid helped the adults prepare for the big day. Lara complained on Facebook that her grandson had filled his classmates’ good bags with sweets before the party started. The kid dressed up and decorated his house with superheroes for the party.The event surprised him. No one showed up at 3 p.m. for the birthday party.
No one appeared as the clock struck four and five, leaving the birthday boy waiting. Gerald’s mother, Kristina Hamilton, suggested they cut his birthday cake, but the small child replied, “What if one of his friends comes?”No one attended the birthday boy’s 30 invitations. His grandma said it was devastating because her grandson was just a kid looking for friends.
Gerald was sad because he wanted friends. Lara noted that her grandson was likely inspired to throw a party because his 14-year-old sister did with her friends. He did not receive any birthday cards or gifts.His peers pitched at his party because of their parents, not because they had nothing better to do. They didn’t go because some people don’t like diversity.
Lara was heartbroken when Kristina called her mother to express her feelings. Gerald was relieved to see his family arrive after his party was canceled.Kristina called the RSVP’d parents to find out why her son’s classmates didn’t attend his party. Her sweet boy was “too different for their kids to play with.” Lara vented on Facebook about her parents’ reaction. The parents saw Gerald as “different” because of the classmates’ caregivers’ bias, not Gerald’s behavior.
Neurological issues made Gerald “different”. Lara wrote that her second-grade grandson had five skull enlargement surgeries due to his illness, which required surgery every three years.The Lake Station, Indiana, boy’s illness slowed his schoolwork, but his grandma said he was the kindest and nicest kid she knew. Lara’s viral post was shared by others! Next surprised everyone and may have made up for the small boy’s unhappiness over something out of his control.
Lara ended her Facebook post with a special request, showing her love and loyalty to her grandson. She wanted as many Gerald-addressed birthday cards as possible. The boy’s grandmother gave her address and promised to forward them. Kristin’s mother expected a few cards and letters from her few Facebook friends, but it went crazy, as she said.Her 2016 statement had 2,500 shares; by May 2023, it had over doubled!
Her first item arrived at her door the morning after her post, and it kept coming!Lara received birthday cards and gifts for her grandson from London and Vietnam after that! Gerald liked gifts, but birthday cards and letters were his favorites. Grandma said he played with the toys for a few minutes before giving them to his siblings. He then read his letters, likely because he felt connected to those who wrote to him as friends.
Kristin’s son’s neighborhood invited him to a municipal council meeting! Gerald’s birthday party included toys and a K-9!Gerald’s grandma remembered how depressed her grandson was on his birthday, but all the cards made it seem like his birthday. The brave grandma thanked Gerald for the chance to teach him life lessons. Lara could show her grandson that all the kind and caring people had made the world terrible. She showed “genuinely good hearts.”