On April 2, little Toxey turned 10 years old and wanted to celebrate his birthday with friends. He invited his 21 classmates to come over to his house to help him celebrate with games and a cake. Sadly, he waited, and waited, and waited…but no one showed up. He was heartbroken, but his mother couldn’t bear it. Watching her son start the day off with excitement and slowly realizing that no one wanted to celebrate with him was devastating.
She took to Facebook, writing a post and begging other parents to pay more attention when their children receive invitations to their classmate’s parties. Even if it’s just to stop by for a few minutes between prior engagements, and even if it is only with a small gift. It could be the difference between making a kid’s day or totally ruining it.
“I don’t even know where to start because saying “thank you” just doesn’t seem good enough! Saturday, I posted on my personal Facebook page that my son, Toxey, was disappointed that no one came to his birthday party. I guess an Arkansas State Trooper heard about the post, and what ensued is the stuff dreams are made of. This afternoon, after Toxey got home from school, a caravan of 5 state troopers pulled up at our house, K-9 included.Not only did they bring him a birthday cookie cake, but they also brought him all kinds of presents, let him play with Rhino, the K-9, and play with the sirens in their cars.
They ate his cake with him and played basketball with him. All out of the goodness of their hearts. They made my sweet baby’s day, and his year!! Thank you from the bottom of my heart. I will never be able to repay the kindness you showed my family today!! Come on friends, let’s make these guys famous! They deserve to be recognized for the wonderful people they are!!”
Cpl David Forthman, along with Troopers Terry Sawyer, Kyle Sheldon, Brandon Cook, and Tim Callison are the reason we become troopers. We all want to make a difference, and these troopers showed today that#kindnessmatters. We are so proud to call them ours, and thank you Angela for sharing this story with us!!!!”
Her son’s story had a happy ending, and many strangers who heard about the post have been sending cards and gifts to make up for the failed party! These troopers outdid themselves, and they made this little boy’s birthday a day that he will never forget!