As much as people complain about social media and the effect it has on the self-esteem of teenagers, there is always another side to the story. Recently, a teenager in Canada was set to celebrate his 13th birthday at a local bowling alley.
The teen’s mother, Melissa Camus, was crushed when “not one kid” replied to an invitation to celebrate her son Odin’s 13th birthday.
Word quickly spread after a local newspaper shared her post on Facebook asking users to to wish Odin a happy birthday on “his schmancy new cell phone.”
“Some of you have seen me post about my son, Odin,” Camus wrote in a Facebook post, according to a screen shot posted by Peterborough news and entertainment company PTBO.
“His struggles with bullying, his difficulties with Aspergers. Well, today is his 13th birthday. And, unfortunately, not one kid rsvp’d to his birthday ‘hang out’ invite. I’m really struggling with finding a way to make today awesome for him, when it will just be us celebrating.”
She quickly realized that she need not worry. The word went viral and soon even country music superstar and new mom Carrie Underwood was wishing Odin a “Happy Birthday”!
Carrie wasn’t the only celebrity that took the time to show some kindness. Odin also got well-wishes from the Toronto Maple Leafs, the Toronto Raptors, and many others!
While his mother appeared to be moved by the kindness of strangers, Odin raved to The Petersborough Examiner about everyone’s kind gestures.
“It’s amazing how people care. I feel absolutely amazing,” he told the newspaper. “Now the bullies will have a second glance at me.”