Wow, this is SO sweet! After a pic of Rebecca Lyn’s 18-year-old Autistic cousin sitting alone at her last birthday party went viral, the Maine native made a heartfelt plea, asking the Internet to fill her cousin’s mailbox with birthday cards this year!
A single photo of a Bangor, Maine young woman, Hallee, sitting alone at her own birthday party back in 2015 quickly went viral on June 7. The 18-year-old’s cousin, Rebecca Lyn, is the one who posted the image to Facebook. She described her Autistic cousin as a “beautiful young woman, both inside and out,” and now she’s asking the Internet to help celebrate Hallee’s upcoming 19th birthday by sending her b-day cards!
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“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,” Rebecca began her Internet plea for birthday cards for Hallee. “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.”
Rebecca went on to say that last year, when Hallee was turning 18, she was “so excited” to have a party with her friends. “She wanted to go bowling, have fun, and eat cake and ice cream,” Rebecca explained. “Invitations went out to her classmates at school and to other friends in the area.”
But, as the heartbreaking photo suggests, Hallee was left alone on her special day, “anxiously” waiting for her friends to arrive. “But Hallee’s friends would never arrive. Not a single one,” Rebecca wrote. She then addressed the attached photo, explaining that it was a photo of Hallee eating her birthday cake all by herself.
“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,” Rebecca added. How terrible. But now, Rebecca is set on making Hallee’s next birthday, which is coming up in July, her best one yet!
Rebecca is asking everyone for a favor, to 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 even provided an address:
34 Wellesley Way
Bangor, ME 04401
So far her Facebook post has been shared more than 70,000 times. Pretty impressive, huh? We LOVE this idea and hope that Hallee ends up having a blast on her 19th birthday!
Tell us, HollywoodLifers — do you love this sweet idea or what? Are YOU going to send Hallee a birthday card?