Heartbroken boy receives 'do-over' birthday party from strangers

For 7-year-old Adonai Gutierrez, the second party was the charm.

May 4, 2017, 3:21 PM

— -- Adonai Gutierrez was overwhelmed with emotions after being thrown a “do-over” birthday party.

The 7-year-old and his mother, Maria Lopez, initially planned his party at Woodside Park in Woodland, California. She had set up a table with gift bags and cupcakes, but after waiting for hours, no one showed up.

Gutierrez told local ABC affiliate KXTV, “I was like, why did I even have a birthday if nobody came?”

His aunt then turned to the “Good Neighbors of Woodland” Facebook page for support.

“The next morning I woke up to my phone with a whole bunch of notifications and I was like, 'What’s going on?'" Lopez told KXTV.

On Sunday, April 30, the group threw a surprise birthday party complete with donations of food, birthday cakes and a bounce house.

According to KXTV, around 200 people showed up to welcome Gutierrez and sing him Happy Birthday.

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