Hundreds attend girl with genetic disorder’s birthday party after classmates decline

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MINNESOTA (PIX11) -- For some children, birthdays are the only day they have to look forward to each year for cake, presents and spending some time with their friends.

When Mackenzie Moretter invited her classmates to her 10th birthday party in Shakopee, Minnesota on Saturday, no one RSVP'd yes, KTLA reported.

Mackenzie suffers from Sotos Syndrome, a rare genetic disorder, and thought no one would come to her party. Her concerned mother then posted an open invitation to Facebook, asking that girls around her daughter's age show up.

“I have a hard time making friends at school,” she told WCCO.

When no one RSVP'd to Mackenzie Moretter's 10th birthday party, her mom posted an event to Facebook inviting girls around her age to show up. (Photo: Facebook)

When no one RSVP'd to Mackenzie Moretter's 10th birthday party, her mom posted an event to Facebook inviting girls around her age to show up. (Photo: Facebook)

That's when the unexpected happened: about 400 guests, including firefighters, Snoopy, Elsa the Ice Queen from Disney's "Frozen" and Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Charles Johnson, came to help Mackenzie celebrate her milestone.

“I know how it feels to be at a low point, and I just wanted to come here and show her that people do have hearts,” Johnson told WCCO.

The City of Shakopee even dubbed April 18 as "Mackenzie Moretter Day."

Mackenzie Moretter, who suffers from a rare genetic disorder, thought no one would show up to her 10th birthday party after her classmates declined to RSVP. (Photo: KTLA)

Mackenzie Moretter (center), who suffers from a rare genetic disorder, thought no one would show up to her 10th birthday party after her classmates declined to RSVP. (Photo: KTLA)

"They all want the same thing, and that's just to be accepted, and have friends and be loved," he mother, Jenny, said through tears, a tearful Mackenzie standing nearby.

Although Mackenzie received hundreds of presents from strangers, her family will only let her keep a few of them. They plan to donate the rest of the presents to children in need.