Christian Larsen wanted to have a 9th birthday party so he could invite all of his friends.
Mom Lindsay Larsen explained in a Facebook post two months ago that she passed out invitations to her son Christian’s class of 25 students, but only one girl responded that she would come.
“I put a post on Facebook just spilling my feelings out to my friends, and you know I don’t blame anyone. I don’t blame the kids or parents, it just makes me sad that this is the situation,” Larsen said.
That post was in turn read by a friend of Nampa high school football coach Dan Holtry, who immediately texted his team to see if they would be willing to show up.
The answer was virtually instantaneous.
“The kids, before I could finish the text, it feels like they were like, ‘We’re in… Coach, we are in!’ They were like when do we do it, let’s go. I was amazed how much they wanted to participate in this and take care of Christian,” Holtry said.
On the day of Christian’s party, the Nampa Football team showed up.
“Christian! Christian! Christian!” they chanted amid cheers and claps.
“He just looked so happy to see us! We were all so excited to be there and all!” said Donovan Estrada, one of Nampa’s football players. “He just wanted to play football with us, showing the presents that he got, he wanted us to stay for cake and stuff like that.”
The team also gave Christian gifts, including two footballs and a game to play with his sisters and brother.
Larsen said the team stayed until the end of the party, playing with the kids and singing Happy Birthday.
“This is probably the best birthday ever, I have lots of best days in my life, and this might be one of them,” Christian said.