Police celebrate boy's birthday after no one RSVPs to party

Posted at 6:26 AM, Jun 16, 2016
and last updated 2016-06-16 06:26:59-04

NORTH PORT, Fla. (AP) - North Port police went above and beyond by surprising a boy at his eighth birthday party after no one responded to his invites.

Media outlets report Daniel Nicastro's parents say this wasn't the first time no one has called to say they were coming to their son's party.

The Nicastros say making friends is difficult for Daniel, who has autism.

So his parents decided to invite the police officers, who Daniel considers "superheroes," to the party.

They were hoping a few officers would show up, but instead, an assembly of officers arrived, even bringing gifts with them.

Police Sgt. Paul Neugebauer says they wanted to attend and let Daniel know that he is appreciated.

A photo of Daniel with the officers shared online has drawn attention from around the world.

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UPDATE: Volunteers with the North Port Police Department are currently organizing a community birthday bash for not just Daniel but any other child in the community who has felt left out.  The party will be held Sunday July 3rd from 10am until 1pm. The location is yet to be determined.