Strangers join in Summerville to celebrate the birthday of child with Autism


The community came together to make the birthday of a boy with autism something to remember, and it all started with a Facebook post.

Amanda Ard wanted her son, Brock, to receive special wishes on his twelfth birthday so she posted a status requesting cards for his special day.

The post caught the attention of many users, leading to heavy attendance of the superhero-themed birthday party in Gahagan Park on Saturday.

The event was decorated by Rachel’s Balloon Frenzy.

First responders from all over Lowcountry showed up with their emergency vehicles, biking crews revved their engines into the park and dozens from the community came, all to wish Brock a happy birthday.

“You don’t think a community will come together for your child like this,” Amanda said. “It’s very overwhelming and I’m very grateful.”

Partygoers said that it meant a lot see the community show support for Brock.

“It warms your heart to see this much love for somebody we’ve never met,” biker Dave Alley said.

As for Brock, he was happy that everyone enjoyed his party. “I wanted everyone to come out and have a good time with me,” he said.

Brock’s family say they will never forget this experience.

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