Strangers showed up to give the coolest birthday party of all time to 8-year-old girl who only got 1 RSVP
Charlotte Joy’s eighth birthday was fast approaching. Birthdays are often a source of unbridled joy for kids this age. Sadly, this wasn’t the case for Charlotte. At least, not at first.
The young girl from Tennessee had experienced tragedy a few months prior—losing her mother, Jenny Wren, to brain cancer. Knowing a time for celebration would be more important than ever, her older sister, Chloe Sexton, tried to organize a birthday party, sending out invitations to all her classmates. Only one RSVP’d.
In an interview with Good Morning America, Sexton added that Charlotte had switched schools that year. Sexton made a special effort to “help grow a friend group” for her little sister, offering to arrange playdates for those who couldn’t come due to summer plans. “We sent out the invitations and on the back of the invitations, I made sure to mention, ‘If you can’t come, please just let us know.’” she told GMA.
Still … nothing.
Devastated, Sexton posted an emotional plea to TikTok on July 4, the day before Charlotte’s birthday.
“For anybody who has a kid that they’re raising, if a kid in your child’s class gives out birthday invitations, just come. It’s like, an hour or two of your life. Please just come,” Sexton said through tears. “My little sister turns 8 tomorrow. Her birthday party is going to be this weekend. Our mom died of brain cancer 83 days ago. One—one child from her class RSVP’d. I haven’t even told her that. Like why? Why? Her whole class knew what happened.”
Fireworks could be heard in the background, something their mom told Charlotte “were for her” each year on her birthday, until this one. Sexton had been DIYing decorations in the garage by herself, determined to spend every night that week preparing for the party that weekend, no matter how few showed up.
Little did Sexton know that her video would be the very thing to turn their luck around.
Sexton’s TikTok quickly racked up 9.3 million views. And within hours, complete strangers offered to help. That Saturday, Charlotte’s birthday was the stuff of legend.
@chloebluffcakes Replying to @chloebluffcakes thank you, from deep in my heart. Thank you alyssa, taylor, abby, cindy, libby and wveryone else who helped make this possible. You didnt just save a little girl from heartbreak, you saved something in me ♥️ #birthdayparty ♬ Paper Birds (3 min) – Jordan Halpern Schwartz
Sexton posted a follow up TikTok showing the amazing turnout. A gorgeous “Encanto” backdrop (complete with colorful balloon arch) filled the living room. Dozens of children rode a party pony and petted a slew of reptiles. A procession of 30 Jeeps cruised down the street handing out gifts. Charlotte even got her own personalized mini Jeep! Along with many, many other gifts.
As for Charlotte, her smile never stopped.
“It was even more beautiful than I thought it would be!” you can hear her sweet little voice say in the video.
Thanks to the kindness of strangers, Charlotte and her big sis were saved from heartbreak. And though the party may be over, humanity is a gift that keeps on giving. Sexton told GMA that her P.O. box is filled “to the brim everyday” with birthday cards from folks on TikTok. Plus, both Charlotte and Sexton have made some new friends from that magical party.
Great things happen when people show up for others.
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