The picture of a Maine teen celebrating her birthday alone has gone viral and propelled people all over the world to send cards and gifts.
No one attended Hallee Sorenson’s 18th birthday party last year. This year, though, strangers from across the world are sending cards and gifts to make it much more special.
As reported by WGGB, Rebecca Prefontaine, Sorenson’s cousin, posted a picture of Sorenson on Facebook and brought the world’s attention to her “amazing” cousin who has autism. “She lights up a room with her smile,” Prefontaine wrote. “Hallee is funny, sweet, caring, smart, an athlete, a jigsaw puzzle champion, a wonderful student, and a best friend to all.”
Sorenson’s 19th birthday is in July. To make the day extraordinary for her cousin, Prefontaine asked social media to send her cards.
“Hal loves getting mail- this would be the best birthday gift she could ask for,” Prefonatine wrote. “If you could find it in your heart to take a few mins out of your day and send her a card, I would be forever greatful.”
Sorenson’s mother said two FedEx trucks, one UPS truck and two U.S. Postal Service trucks arrived at her house with innumerable birthday cards and gifts. As reported by Bangor Daily News, one of these trucks contained as many as 5,000 cards.
Prefontaine has been updating the Facebook page Hallee’s 19th Birthday with pictures and posts. “Your outpouring of love and kindness for Hallee over the last 48 hours or so has been overwhelming, and on behalf of the family I’d like to thank you most sincerely from the bottom of our hearts,” she wrote.
“We want you to know we’re reading every one of your messages and posts, and appreciate them more than we can say.”
Sorenson also received presents from the Washington Redskins, the Boston Red Sox and the Denver Broncos. You can view the posts at the end of the article.
Sorenson has received in excess of 6,000 cards. There are more gifts expected to arrive as Prefontaine’s Facebook post didn’t reach maximum people by Friday, and that it takes a few days for the mail to reach the intended receiver.
The Sorensons’ “gratitude is hard to put into words.”
“Thank you for trying to give my daughter such a great birthday after so much sadness last year,” she said.
Those who would like to send Sorenson something for her birthday can mail it to:
34 Wellesley Way
Bangor, Maine 04401
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