When children celebrate their birthdays, sending out party invitations is supposed to be exciting. But when no one responds or shows up, it’s heartbreaking for the kids and their parents. A grandmother in northern Michigan, US, knows the pain and decided to do something about it. Ronie Williams’ mission began after watching her son’s heartbreak; he’s on the autism spectrum and has endured some rough birthday party experiences. “Special needs or unique kids do not get kids to come to their parties, or they don’t get invited to parties. We decided to get together and throw big parties, and celebrate everybody’s birthday, not just Jacob’s but everybody’s birthday,” Williams said. She just threw the third birthday party, which was the opposite of heartbreak -- Jacob was all smiles. The parties draw between 25 and 50 children.