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He thought he was on the set of ABC’s “Good Morning America” Friday morning to test a new video game.

But a little boy from Richland, Mich. got quite a surprise when his family revealed on air that they were really there to celebrate his 11th birthday.

Colin, who turns 11 Sunday, told his mother he didn’t want a birthday party this year because he doesn’t have any friends; there’d be no one to invite.

Colin has a sensory processing disorder similar to autism that makes it difficult for him to socialize.

So his mother, Jennifer, went online and created a Facebook page called Happy Birthday Colin to solicit a few well-wishes. But the response, she says, was overwhelming.

“That people want to reach out and do something for my son, it’s amazing,” Jennifer said on the show.

In a month’s time, more than 40,000 letters, cards and packages have arrived at the Richland post office, near Kalamazoo, says spokeswoman Sabrina Todd.

And 2.1 million people have liked the birthday Facebook page for Colin.

On air Friday morning, the “Good Morning America” crew revealed the surprise, and announced that Colin and his family are leaving this afternoon for Walt Disney World.

Colin was all smiles.

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Comments (3 Responses)

  1. Dani Feierstein says:

    Hw wonderful.

  2. Sally Hayes says:

    That is great for that little boy but there are many out there just like him for whom life has not changed. The bigger question is Has he really made any friends through this? Will he really have friends to celebrate his birthday with next year and the year after?

  3. AllisonWBrown says:

    This was shared all over Facebook for about a month myself being one of the people who wished him a happy birthday on the page. I hope he had a good one.

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