Halle waits alone for her friends to come and help her celebrate her 18th birthday.

Halle waits alone for her friends to come and help her celebrate her 18th birthday.

*What could be sadder than being lonely? Being lonely on your birthday. This is what happened to an 18-year old girl , and her cousin took a photo of her sitting among balloons and party treats, waiting for all the friends she had invited to show up.

They never did.

But the strangest thing happened after Rebecca Lin posted the sad photo on the internet on Tuesday: It touched the hearts of absolute strangers and quickly went viral.

As of this writing the shares alone stands at 219,019.

Hallee, described by her cousin as a beautiful young woman inside and out,” who “lights up a room with her smile,” has autism. No doubt she was very affected by the fact that her friends didn’t even think enough of her to show up and eat cake with her.

But talk about making lemonade out of lemons. Rebecca’s Facebook posts not only shares Hallee’s sad story, it gives those who want to make sure there is no repeat of it when her 19th birthday rolls around in July, a plan of action.

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