9-Year-Old Autistic Boy Gets 15,000 Birthday Cards and a Big Birthday Party

ATLANTA, Ga. (CBS46) – For several years, nine-year-old Austin Thomason was used to being bullied at school and was disappointed on his birthday.

“No one came to my party, only family,” he said.

But his ninth birthday is one for the books. After a CBS46 story aired earlier this month, thousands of cards and gifts started pouring in.

“Over 15,000 cards we received,” said her mother, Amber Sosebee.

Her birthday party was held at the local Forsyth Church on Sunday. Dozens of people drove from afar to put a smile on his face.

“His mom said he was kind of autistic and he was being bullied and nobody was coming to his parties and that got to me,” said Angel Turner, a participant from Alabama.

Akivia Lewis drove an hour to get to the party and she felt it was worth it.

“I’m a sucker for kids. Seeing that no one showed up, I immediately contacted her aunt and asked her what can I do? said Lewis.

The party was filled with music, love, laughter, Spiderman and Chuck-E-Cheese himself. Austin, who couldn’t stay off the slide, was impressed.

“People show up, people I don’t know, cops, fire trucks,” he said.

The kind gestures of complete strangers reminded him that he was loved and appreciated.

“Austin, I just want to tell you that you are special, you are everything, you can be anything,” Lewis said.

“You are a precious gift from God and you should always feel special,” Turner said.

From CBS46, happy birthday Austin.


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