Gerald Hamilton was disappointed after 12 of his 30 second grade classmates failed to show up to his April 2 birthday celebration.
"Even if it wouldn't have been my grandson, he's somebody's child, somebody's brother, nephew," Hamilton’s grandmother, Amelia Lara, told ABC News.
Lara then took to Facebook to vent her frustrations, writing, "When my daughter called the 12 parents to find out what was going on. Here is their response. 'My child can't play with yours he is just to [sic] different.'”
Hamilton was born without a soft spot in his head and had to undergo five skull expansion surgeries since birth that has significantly hindered his development.
Lara requested social media users to send her grandson birthday cards and the Internet overwhelmingly responded.
He received over 1,000 birthday cards and presents from around the world.
The good of the Internet prevailed in demonstrating that a sense of humanity and compassion does still exist.
“This just shows you that there are good, kind, compassionate people our there who care and who want you to have a good birthday," Lara said.
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