BANGOR, Maine (WJZ) — A girl with autism in Maine has received more than 200,000 birthday cards after a photo of the teen sitting alone at her birthday party went viral.
The photo, which was taken last year, shows Hallee Sorenson, of Bangor, Maine sitting alone — balloons and all — at her 18th birthday party.READ MORE: Early Voting Wins Preakness Stakes Amid Record Heat
Her older cousin posted the photo on Facebook earlier this month, saying that Halle was so excited for her 18th birthday party.
“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,” said her cousin Rebecca. “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. 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 says for her 19th birthday she wanted to make it up to Hallee by flooding her mailbox with birthday cards.READ MORE: ALERT DAY: Extreme Heat & Humidity Creating Potentially Dangerous Conditions
Flooding the mailbox puts it mildly. She received over 200,000 cards and letters!
In a Facebook page dedicated to Hallee’s 19th birthday, Hallee and her family continue to share many of the heartwarming cards sent from across the country.
Looking to send a card? Send one to the address below. Hallee turns 19 in July.MORE NEWS: COVID-19, Shootings: Is Mass Death Now Tolerated In America?
34 Wellesley Way
Bangor, ME 04401