Jackson Davies has autism, and because he's different doesn't often get invited out for playdates or parties. This year, he wanted a birthday party but his friends wouldn't come. As Circa Correspondent Stephanie Abrams shows us, one social media post changed everything, celebrating him in a big way.
The Facebook post suggested people email Jackson a birthday wish. Notes and gifts came in from strangers around the world. "We're all going to feel rejection sometimes," said Amy. "This showed me it's okay to put yourself out there."
Tony Tripoli, the co-executive producer of Fashion Police, is the friend who put out the Facebook post. "I had a tough time as a child," said Tony. "It wasn't until I got older that I realized being different can be wonderful."
"He's isolated quite a bit, and that's not easy for him," said Amy Davies about her son Jackson. "Especially now, he feels really good about who he is, and that for me was the greatest gift of this whole experience."
If someone doesn't want to play with you, find a new friend.
Jackson is feeling really good about his 9th birthday now, and has this advice to other kids who feel left out.
Jackson and his mom Amy still check their birthday email inbox. Feel free to email them! This is the address.