A six-year-old from Arizona received a shower of support on social media after a heartrending photo of him, sitting alone at his birthday pizza party, went viral.
Teddy Mazzini invited 32 of his classmates to celebrate his birthday at a Pizza Peter Piper restaurant in Tucson on Sunday afternoon, but no one showed up.
Local reporter Nick VinZant posted a photo of Teddy sitting at a long table surrounded by dozens of empty paper plates on Facebook, asking others to wish the young man a happy birthday after the sad attendance.
The photo quickly caught the attention of the community when the Phoenix Suns NBA team and the Phoenix Rising MLS team invited Teddy to celebrate his big day in his next games.
This photo of six-year-old Teddy Mazzini, sitting alone at his pizza birthday party that none of his kindergarten classmates attended Sunday in Tucson, Arizona, has gone viral on social networks as that sympathetic members of the community express their best wishes.
Sil Mazzini, Teddy's mother, told ABC15 that 32 invitations to the party had been sent to kindergarten classmates and their parents.
She said that some people respond that they could not do it, but the rest of the guests simply did not show up.
"I'm done with the parties for a while," joked Mazzini after the sad affair.
However, he said the family would celebrate their own celebration on Monday night by reading the wishes of shared birthdays after the photo that happened to VinZant went viral.
Teddy appears in the photo with his Halloween costume last year and with his mother Sil Mazzini, who said that 32 invitations had been sent to the kindergarten classmates and their parents.
Facebook user Tyler Hendrick commented: & # 39; From one friend to another: people are wonderful, but quantity matters little. What matters is the quality of those you choose. <3 Be happy and enjoy ALL that pizza! That is the best part!
William O & # 39; Brien wrote: & # 39; Happy birthday my man. Once you realize that happiness comes from things like this, it will not hurt so much. I wish I had known that I would have made the trip to see you. Happy birthday, lil friend.
His partner, Father Adam Burnside, had a particularly heartfelt message: "Happy birthday, Teddy! I am a father of two children and I would love to be friends with you!
Teddy, I know this is hard to understand now, but I hope your parents will print these comments and keep them for you because there are 2 things that I know in these brief 35 years on this earth, # 1 Very, very few People still have the friends they did in elementary school like they do when they are adults. # 2 The best, best and best friends from all over the world came to my life at 28 years old and at 32 years old.
Teddy, find something you like to do and know the best you can and, most importantly, HAVE FUN! You are only a child once !!!! Lots of love and hugs !!!! Sincerely, Adam and the Burnside family.
Sil Mazzini shared the photo of Teddy with local reporter Nick VinZant, who invited the fans to wish him a happy birthday. Some of the hundreds of sincere comments are shown above.
Among the good wishes was a message from the Suns, who tweeted: "What if we celebrate with thousands in our place! Tickets for the game #SunsVSLakers on Wednesday are all yours, Teddy! Talk soon! & # 39;
The Rising football team also offered Teddy tickets for a playoff game on Friday along with a custom shirt.
The team wrote on Twitter: & # 39; Teddy can get The Mala from @VeneziasPizza and join 7,000 of his closest friends this Friday. Let's go out Teddy! #Levantamiento. & # 39;
The Phoenix Suns NBA team and the Phoenix Rising MLS team invited Teddy to celebrate his birthday in his next games after the sad photo of the pizza party went viral