Florida officers celebrate boy with autism’s birthday after no one responds to invites

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NORTH POINT, Fla. — When no one RSVP’d to a little boy’s birthday party, Florida police officers came to the rescue.

“We could all use a happy story right about now. Got this nice photo and note today. Glad we could assist,” the department posted on Facebook.

It’s a beautiful story. Daniel Nicastro recently turned 8 years old. Daniel is autistic.

Daniel is just like any little boy. He wants to have fun and make friends. But sadly, because of his autism, making friends is a difficult task for him.

“In my opinion, it kinda puts a tag on kids, and it’s not fair,” Daniel’s father, Daniel Nicastro, said.

“No one called to say they were coming to his birthday party. Both myself and his father were heartbroken,” Carolyn Nicastro said, “It’s hard when no one shows up.”

It’s not the first time other children have failed to celebrate the boy’s birthday.

“His father (Dan) and I remembered the past two years of no one showing up for his birthday parties, he would spend the day crying that he had no friends. We could not let that happen again.”

So the parents had an idea. Daniel sees police officers as superheroes.

Mom and dad invited the North Port Police Department officers to the party. They weren’t sure what to expect and didn’t say anything to Daniel.

The officers went above and beyond.

“The police is my favorite characters … They save people from getting damaged or like stopping robbers robbing a bank,” 8-year-old Daniel said.

Daniel’s parents were hoping a few officers would show up. Instead, an assembly of heroes arrived.

“I was actually like, ‘Oh my God, what’s going on?’” the little boy’s dad remembered.

The officers came to the rescue, even bringing gifts with them.

“(We wanted) to make that boy’s day, spread good cheer; let him know that he is appreciated, that we did want to attend,” North Port Police Sgt. Paul Neugebauer said. “Children with challenges and such don’t need to feel left out more than they already are. So if he views us as superheroes, the least thing we can do is show up at his party and make his day.”

North Port will hold a big birthday bash on July 3rd at Dallas White Park for Daniel and other kids throughout the region who have had people not show up for their parties. There will be bounce houses and food. The party will be from 10am to 1pm.