When none of Mia Cisneros’ friends could show up to her 10th birthday celebration, her local community rallied to offer her “happy birthdays” and well wishes.
Mia’s parents took her to On The Border, a Tex-Mex restaurant in their town of Burleson, but because of scheduling issues, her friends could not make it.
Valeri Cisneros, Mia’s mother, knew she had to do something about the situation.
Cisneros shared her daughter’s disappointment with a Burleson Facebook group and asked if any off-duty officers could swing by her birthday dinner to wish Mia a happy birthday.
As the comments and shares started flowing on social media, people started showing up at On The Border.
“Here comes a line through the door,” Cisneros recalled.
Complete strangers arrived because of the post, including police officers and firefighters, the latter of which gave Mia and other children at the restaurant a tour of their firetruck.
“All of those kids went out of their way and made special cards, and asked her questions, and sat down for a minute and had a piece of cake,” Cisneros said.
The outpouring of support even got the attention of country music singer Neal McCoy — who gave the birthday girl a serenade via video.
“When you do your 11th make sure you invite me, maybe I can make it this time,” McCoy said in a video to Mia.
Cisneros said it is important for a little girl to feel special. She expressed pride and gratitude for how her community came together to make the day memorable for her daughter.
“I just appreciate everybody for coming,” Mia said.