Officers Go to Birthday of Boy with Autism when Nobody RSVPs
Daniel Nicastro was turning 8-years-old and nobody RSVPed to his birthday party. Daniel’s parents called North Port Police Department, in Florida, and the officers responded to save the day.
John Rogers at WFLA Channel 8 reports:
Daniel is just like any little boy. He wants to have fun and make friends. But sadly, because of his autism, making friends is difficult, Daniel’s parents said.
“In my opinion it kinda puts a tag on kids, and it’s not fair,” Daniel’s father, Daniel Nicastro, said.
“No one called to say they were coming to his birthday party. Both myself and his father were heartbroken,” Carolyn Nicastro said, “It’s hard when no one shows up.”
It’s not the first time other children have failed to celebrate the boy’s birthday.
“His father (Dan) and I remembered the past two years of no one showing up for his birthday parties, he would spend the day crying that he had no friends. We could not let that happen again.”
So the parents had an idea. Daniel sees police officers as superheroes.
Mom and dad invited the North Port Police Department officers to the party. They weren’t sure what to expect, and didn’t say anything to Daniel.
The officers went above and beyond.
“The police is my favorite characters … They save people from getting damaged or like stopping robbers robbing a bank,” 8-year-old Daniel said.
Daniel’s parents were hoping a few officers would show up. Instead, an assembly of heroes arrived.
“I was actually like, ‘Oh my God, what’s going on?’” the little boy’s dad remembered.
The officers came to the rescue, even bringing gifts with them.
“(We wanted) to make that boy’s day, spread good cheer; let him know that he is appreciated, that we did want to attend,” North Port Police Sgt. Paul Neugebauer said. “Children with challenges and such don’t need to feel left out more than they already are. So if he views us as superheroes, the least thing we can do is show up at his party and make his day.”
The department shared a photo of Daniel with the officers, and it’s drawn attention from around the world. Daniel has received birthday wishes from as far away as Hawaii.
Local parents have reached out, asking for play dates so Daniel can make new friends.
“I can’t thank (the police) enough. I never will be able to, and he’ll never forget this birthday because of it I’m sure,” dad, Daniel Nicastro, said.
Good job officers.