Hundreds respond to birthday invite for 10-year-old

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SHAKOPEE, Minn. — Two parents in Minnesota wanted to give their special needs daughter a birthday party she wouldn’t forget.

After sending out invitations to her party at school they didn’t receive any RSVPs, so they turned to social media for help.

The response was overwhelming.

“Ever since she was born, it has been a struggle with Mackenzie,” said, Jenny Moretter, Mackenzie’s mom.

Their soon-to-be 10-year-old has a lot in common with most kids but her rare genetic disorder makes it more difficult for her to make friends.

“Her skull wasn’t able to form completely. Therefore, it caused some brain damage,” Mackenzie’s mom said.

What makes her different is minor compared to what makes her just like everyone else.

“Other birthdays in the past have, for the most part, been family. She wanted to have a big girl birthday party with friends coming over and stuff,” said Matt Moretter, Mackenzie’s dad.

Jenny and Matt said the kids at school don’t know Mackenzie very well and they think that’s why no one responded.

“I want so much for much for Mackenzie to belong. I want her to have friends and people to accept her for who she is,” Jenny Moretter said.

When the invitations at school didn’t work, Jenny Moretter posted an open invitation on Facebook asking for girls around Mackenzie’s age to stop by their home in Shakopee for a birthday party.

“I honestly thought it would be a matter of a few other moms out there that I touched there heartstrings,” Jenny Moretter said.

Then, people began sharing the post.

“We don’t know how many people are coming, honestly,” Matt Moretter said.  “We started making cupcakes. I got two boxes in, and I think, ‘We are going to need some more.'”

Suddenly, Mackenzie had a huge party to prepare for.

On the day of the party, about 400 people showed up.

“I cannot thank everyone enough,”Jenny Moretter said.

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