Cindy Davis was heartbroken. The Florida mom had thrown a surprise birthday party for her three-year-old daughter, Paisley, but no one had shown up. Davis was going to have to somehow explain this to her devastated little girl. But first she took to Facebook and the community’s reaction was priceless.
Davis posted photos of the party all set up at John Chestnut Park in Palm Harbor. There were picnic tables with no one sitting at them. There was a bounce house with no one playing in it. It was just plain sad.
“No one showed up to my 3-year-old’s birthday party today,” Davis wrote on Facebook. “If anyone wants to bring their kids, there is a bounce house.”
Davis had no idea what was coming. In a stunning display of a community showing support for one of its own, Davis’s post had a “phone tree” reaction. The result: a bounty of local parents showing up at Paisley’s party with their kids.
Not only that, but the sheriff’s office got wind of the party and sent several deputies to attend.
“Word spread very quickly and many [officers] arrived to wish her a happy birthday,” Sergeant Spencer Gross told ABC News. “[Deputies on patrol] took the initiative and responded to the park to wish her a happy birthday and even brought Paisley a birthday gift.”
Lea Lacey, a mom who attended the party, told ABC News she didn’t know the Davis family, but felt compelled to go to attend with her own daughter when she saw the post. Lacey said dozens of other families were there, as well.
When Lacey met Davis, she says the mother’s response was, “I wasn’t expecting this turnout.”
“You could tell she was just shocked,” Lacy told ABC. “It was all so heartwarming. The kids were having a blast.”
“I think that this restored faith in humanity for a lot of people. The news is full of negative stories and it’s important to share the positive ones – like a whole community coming together on short notice to support a sad little girl on her birthday.”