Oh, this story is initially SO sad. Mum Rachelle Briannan decided to throw a party for her little boy Taenon’s 4th birthday, but not ONE of the 12 guests she invited turned up.
They either all cancelled, just didn’t arrive, or in some cases, didn’t even bother replying to the invitation (we’re already making grrrrr noises).
As you can imagine, Rachelle was totally heartbroken on the day: WHO would want to explain to their child that their party was cancelled because no one wanted to come?
Obviously Rachelle didn’t want Taenon to realise just how upset she was, so she went to her bedroom to have a bit of a cry, and logged onto a Facebook parenting group to share with other mums just how devasted she was.
Writing on the Midnight Mums parenting page, Rachelle said:
“So I’m sitting in my room quietly crying. Twelve kids were invited to my son’s party today, and an hour before every one of them cancels or just doesn’t reply to my msgs.
“My son just turned four and this is the first time he’s really understood the whole party with friends thing. My heart is literally broken for him. What the hell can I do to make this up to him?”
Other parents on the group were outraged and were determined that the little boy would have a party and a birthday to remember.
With military-style organisation, just ONE HOUR later, a bunch of mums arranged for their children to go to a McDonald’s restaurant in Eltham, Melbourne, to help Taenon celebrate his big day, with some making a 30-minute drive to get there.
In the end, 55 people turned up for the party – including, amazingly, 30 kids who were complete strangers to Taenon and his family.
The local fire and rescue service even came along with their truck for the children to have a play on, and a gift store donated helium balloons for the party.
The Midnight Mums page owner posted after the party, saying how the group’s members had touched the hearts of people around the world with their kindness:
“The Midnight Mums community rallied together online with hundreds of birthday wishes for Taenon flooding our newsfeeds and touching the hearts of our members with this feel good story right across Australia and beyond,” the message read.
We agree – mum power, eh? And shame on those who let Taenon down so badly in the first place!