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RICHLAND, Mich. — It’s quickly becoming one of those rare moments when social media accomplishes its original purpose — connecting the world — to absolute perfection.

And it all started in Richland, Mich., a town of under 1,000, when a mother asked her 10-year-old son what he wanted to do for his 11th birthday party on March 9.

The boy, who, as of Wednesday, had been identified only as Colin, suffers from Asperger’s syndrome and other health problems. When asked about his birthday, he told his mother there would be no point in organizing a party because he “has no friends.”

Soon thereafter, his mother started the “Happy Birthday Colin” Facebook page. As of 6:45 a.m. Wednesday morning, her son now has over 1 million friends.

Happy Birthday Colin

Colin’s mother, who, as of Wednesday, had been identified only as Jennifer, started the page on February 2, and told WOOD-TV she was hoping to get about 50 responses from friends and family members.

And if you want to get more personal, Jennifer said she has also set up a PO Box for Colin’s new friends to send him letters. It’s listed below:

PO box 756
Richland, MI 49083-0756

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