No friends show up to 11-year-old’s birthday, so his favorite hockey team flew him in to spend it with them
Social media is a powerful tool, especially when used for good. And one kid just got the birthday party of his dreams, and it’s all thanks to kind hearts and Twitter’s incredible reach.
After none of an 11-year-old boy’s friends showed up for his birthday, his dad, Jason Foster, took to Twitter to try ad round up some birthday love for his little boy.
Foster posted a picture of his son Kade at the birthday party last weekend, sporting his Toronto Maple Leafs shirt and a custom cake. His dad tagged the team, as well as Leafs players Mitchell Marner and John Tavares.
People started taking notice and suddenly a flood of support from hockey players, celebrities and even politicians – names like Ben Stiller, Mark Hamill and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.
As the story trickled through news feeds, the Maple Leafs took notice. The team made arrangements to fly the birthday boy and his family from their home in Newfoundland, to Toronto for the Leafs’ game on Saturday against the Philadelphia Flyers.
Kade was over the moon. He got some unique opportunities out of the deal too – Kade was able to watch the morning skate and meet the team in their locker room. A video posted by the team shows him shaking hands with players Jason Spezza, Morgan Rielly and others.
— Toronto Maple Leafs (@MapleLeafs) November 9, 2019
If being flown to Toronto, meeting the entire team and watching his favorite players on the ice wasn’t enough, Kade was also serenaded by fans – it was Majical.
— Toronto Maple Leafs (@MapleLeafs) November 10, 2019
Leafs mascot Carlton the Bear wheeled out a Maple Leafs-themed cake and led the entire Scotiabank Arena in a booming rendition of “Happy Birthday.”
While the Maple Leafs lost the game 3-2, it’s pretty safe to say the day was a huge win for Kade.
We can all agree that kindness goes a long way, and when we have the opportunity to do something good, always take it – It’s Majic!