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Viral Facebook post attracts birthday cards from around the country for autistic teen

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Hallee on her 18th birthday. Photo: Rebecca Lyn/Facebook Hallee on her 18th birthday. Photo: Rebecca Lyn/Facebook
BANGOR, Maine -

A week since a heartbreaking photo of an 18-year-old girl celebrating her birthday at an empty bowling alley table was posted to social media with a plea for the Internet to step up and make the teen's next birthday better, the Internet has not disappointed.

Hallee Sorenson celebrated her 18th birthday alone. Ahead of her 19th birthday on July 2, her cousin Rebecca Lyn posted to Facebook asking for a favor.

"This is my cousin Hallee. I'd like to tell you a little bit about her... First off, she is a beautiful young woman-both inside and out. She lights up a room with her smile.Hallee is funny, sweet, caring, smart, an athlete, a jigsaw puzzle champion, a wonderful student, and a best friend to all. Hallee is an amazing person-a person I am proud to be related to. She is also a person who just happens to have Autism. She has never let that small detail define who she is as a person-which is why I refuse to use it as something to describe her. A fun fact is that Hallee's Birthday is fast approaching! And this is where I have a favor to ask of all of you...." Rebecca wrote.

"I would love to flood her mailbox with birthday cards, from all over! Hal loves getting mail- this would be the best birthday gift she could ask for. If you could find it in your heart to take a few mins out of your day and send her a card, I would be forever greatful," the post reads. It includes an address to send cards to as well.

Since it was posted last week, it has taken off. It has over 200,000 shares.

And with all that Facebook love, the cards have begun flooding in as well. The family has set up a separate Facebook page called Hallee's 19th birthday to share all of the cards they have received so far. On the page there are cards from sports teams including the Washington Redskins, the Boston Red Sox, and legendary Denver Broncos quarterback John Elway.

It just goes to show that sometimes the Internet can come through in a big way if you just ask a favor.

If you'd like to send Hallee a card, there's still time!

You can send cards to:

Hallee Sorenson
34 Wellesley Way
Bangor, ME 04401

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