When no one showed up for her son’s birthday party, more than 100 firefighters arrived to make his day.
Susan Casado had expected 15 to 20 people to attend her son’s fourth birthday party, but only one person showed up: her brother.
Susan was unaware that her brother had started inviting more guests via a local Facebook group. A lady came to their house and asked for the birthday boy, even though they had never met before. Susan thought to herself, “This is strange.” Strangers continued to arrive, and she recognized her brother was involved when she saw his Facebook post.
Susan was embarrassed by the lack of food she had prepared, but since visitors had come to “make Shemy’s day,” the party was already in full swing by the time the guests of honor arrived. Firefighters from St. Johns County Fire Rescue attended the celebration.
I immediately thought: ‘Is everyone all right?” ‘Has anyone been hurt?’ “Then they said, ‘We’re coming here to wish Shemy a happy birthday,’” Susan recalls. ‘We brought you a large toy, we brought you a fire truck,’ they added.
While Shemy has Down syndrome and is not particularly communicative, she said he greeted everyone who stopped by with big smiles and hugs. It was also her birthday on June 15, but she had no plans to celebrate it since “it was all about my baby,” she explained.
In response to her question about why her brother did what he did, he stated that his nephew deserved a happy birthday, and the firefighters present explained that it was their duty. Jeremy Robshaw, one of the firemen, stated that all they wanted to do was “bring a smile” to Shemy’s face. “We always aim to do the right thing as a Department,” Robshaw says, “and despite the praise the crew has received for going, it was a very simple decision to show out and support the young kid and hopefully create a wonderful memory for him.”
Susan should start planning for Shemy’s fifth birthday right now, since we’re not sure how many people will attend his fifth.