This Facebook post of a Bangor teen’s solo birthday party is going viral, making people cry

Hallee Sorenson is like any other teenager — she likes sports, she enjoys her friends, she’s got a sense of humor.

She’s also autistic. But as her family says, that’s never gotten in the way of her doing what she wants to do.

When she turned 18 last year, her family — including her mother, Allyson Sorenson, who writes the More Bang(or) For Your Buck blog for the Bangor Daily News — threw her a party at a local bowling alley and invited her high school classmates.

No one showed up.


Hallee’s cousin, Rebecca, never forgot the sadness on her little cousin’s face that day. Earlier this week, she wrote a public Facebook post asking the general public to send Hallee birthday cards for her 19th birthday, which is coming up in July. It’s received more than 66,000 shares in the past 48 hours.

“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 [grateful],” read part of the Facebook post.

The full post is linked below. You can send cards — just cards, please, no gifts — to Hallee Sorenson, 34 Wellesley Way, Bangor, ME, 04401.

By the way, here’s a sweet blog post mom Allyson wrote about her daughter last summer, just before that 18th birthday.

Emily Burnham

About Emily Burnham

Emily Burnham is a Maine native, UMaine graduate, proud Bangorian and a writer for the Bangor Daily News, where she's worked since 2004. She reports on everything from local bands to local food to all the cool things going on in the Greater Bangor area. In her quest for stories, she's seen countless concerts and plays, been lobster fishing, interviewed celebrities, hung out with water buffalo and played in a ukulele orchestra. She's interested in everything that happens in Maine.