Sunday, January 29, 2017

Happy Birthday Zach!

A few weeks ago I posted the story of Zach who was about to have a birthday and felt like nobody was going to care much about it.

The local newspaper ran a story, and we ran the story on the blog.  The response was overwhelming.  Zach has been invited to some awesome events and had some very cool parties.  

Today he is about to see that he received nearly 3,000 cards and gifts from all over the world.  Thank you to each and every one of you who responded in one way or another.  It shows that maybe one action cannot save the world but it can certain change the world for one little guy with autism.

Today Zach's mom said something that has been so fitting to many of the things I have been blogging about.  She said "we are people too who would love to be included".  It's all she wants for herself and her son, to feel as though they are a valuable part of this world.  All of the cards and gifts should be proof that they certainly are.

Zach's birthday will come to a close soon and hopefully he will always carry this special experience in his heart.  For the rest of us we need to apply this experience to how we treat so many others around us.  It doesn't have to be a card or a gift to uplift a person who is in need.  The power in a kind word, a smile, or a hug can change someone's entire outlook.  

One last thought; kudos to Zach's mom for reaching out for her son.  She put her pride to the side and was willing to put herself and her son out there and ask for some kindness and compassion.  And look at the results!  

What an uplifting story!  Have a wonderful Sunday.   Tom

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