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Entire Football Team Attends Kid with Autism's Birthday Party

When a mom realized her son's birthday party might be a bust, she knew she had to do something about it.


Christian Larsen is an elementary school student from Meridian, Idaho.

After his older brother had a blowout birthday party with all of his friends, Christian couldn't wait for his big day to come around - he even began drawing pictures of what his cake would look like. There was only one problem. Christian has autism, and he wasn't exactly the most popular kid in school because of it.

Despite her doubts that she could give her son the party he was hoping for, Christian's mom, Lindsay, sent out invitations to his classmates. As the date of the party came closer, Lindsay was saddened that only one of his classmates responded that she could make it. However, after she wrote a Facebook post explaining her situation and her son's struggle to make friends due to his autism, everything changed.

A friend of Lindsay's shared her post with Dan Holtry, who coaches a neighboring high school's football team. When Holtry shared the post with his team, they knew what they had to do. They said, "Coach, we're in. We're going," Holtry told CNN .

(Source: video Lindsay Barrus Larsen Facebook page )

On the day of the party, the entire Nampa High School football team showed up in their uniforms. After an initial moment of shock, the delighted birthday boy gave them high fives as they chanted his name. The team stayed at the party and played games with the kids, and they gifted Christian with a team jersey and a football.

After the party, Lindsay wrote another Facebook post thanking Holtry and the players, and recognizing the kindness they showed to her son and other party guests. "There's so much good in this world," she said. "And when things are hard, the good shines even brighter."

While a lot of people have asked where to send cards and gifts for Christian, Lindsay has directed them to donate to the Nampa HS football team instead, who are in need of uniforms and equipment.

Find out how you can donate to the team.

The Larsens also suggested donating to Shine Kids Fitness , an organization that practices inclusivity and includability for disabled children. Visit their donate page to find out more.

(Source: images Lindsay Barrus Larsen Facebook page )

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