No One Showed Up to Little Girl's Birthday Party Until Her Mom Posted to Facebook -- Then Everyone Came

When no one showed up to Taliyah Sassmannshausen's 5th birthday party, her parents started to panic. Despite more than 30 RSVPs, an hour after the birthday party was supposed to start, Taliyah stood in her Spring Hill, Tennessee, backyard alone, surrounded by a bunch of boring adults and an empty water slide. But thanks to quick thinking on her parents' part and the big hearts of her neighbors, Taliyah's birthday party turned out to be the social event of the summer.


So Taliyah's mom, Lauren, turned to Facebook and posted an urgent message on the I heart Spring Hill Facebook Page.

"Does anyone have any kids that want to come over and celebrate my daughter's birthday with us?" she wrote to the closed group. "Not one person has shown up except a few adults and she keeps asking me where her friends are."

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And then she made the truest statement ever about how 5-year-olds feel about birthday parties.

"We have PLENTY of food and drinks," she wrote. "We don't care about presents, she just wants friends."

It only took 10 minutes for the first guests to show up, and by the end of the day, Taliyah got to celebrate with 75 of her neighbors.

"Never in my life would I have thought we would have so many people care about a child they didn't know," Lauren wrote after the party, thanking everyone who came. "I want to thank all of you from the bottom of my heart and I want to express my gratitude to you all for coming out and making my baby girl's birthday so very special."

So the next time you RSVP to a kiddo's birthday party, remember, your showing up and being there is more important than any gift you could ever give.

And wow, Spring Hill, way to step up for a little girl! Must be a great place to raise a family. Well done, everyone.

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