8th birthday party turns into a hit for Oklahoma girl after saying no one will come

CLEVELAND COUNTY, Okla. (KFOR) – Year 8e The birthday party was packed with strangers after a family from Oklahoma discovered no one was coming. A social media post made her birthday dreams come true. A little girl’s birthday party turned into a last-minute success with the help of many community members.

The quiet Cleveland County yard and home was soon filled with several people from the community, including many from the Cleveland County Sheriff’s Office. The family was almost ready to shut down the party until they saw a ton of sheriff cars lined up in front of the house. That’s when they knew the party was on!

“I just wanted people at my party,” said birthday girl Heather Delk.

“At one point, it was like nothing was going to happen. I will not decorate. We’re not going to do any of that. And then within seconds I was like, we need space and decoration,” said Jennifer McCallister, Heather’s mother.

It all started with a call for help on Facebook from 8-year-old Heather’s stepfather, Troy Richard, asking anyone to come and make his birthday special.

Heather’s mother was in tears over the situation.

“I said, whatever you can do to get the kids to come is wrong,” McCallister said.

Heather’s mother was in tears over the situation.

“It was hard for me too, because, like, she was excited…and then at the last second they bailed out. And I thought to myself, this can’t happen. I posted a message and like I said it exploded,” said Troy Richards, Heather’s stepfather.

Heather’s mother sent out invitations to her friends at school and soon found out that her friends couldn’t come.

“I sent the invitations to her school for people her age to be here and for her to have a party. And I didn’t want her to feel like before, you know, and knowing that no one is going to show up,” McCallister said.

So when the family heard those sirens, they knew the party was going to be a hit.

“I think every time you hear about something like that, especially such a young girl, I mean, she’s only eight years old and all of a sudden you’re like, hey, we let’s not have your birthday party, and be so devastated. And for them, just to make up for it, it’s just amazing… You never know when something like that could change a girl’s entire day” said Hunter McKee, public information officer for the Cleveland County Sheriff’s Office.

The deputies who showed up spent their own money and resources getting gifts for Heather.

“We went with the parents, got a bunch of presents, about 8-10 presents, got a big bag of stuff, walked in, lights on, walked out, walked over to the girl. It was a total surprise,” McKee said.

It wasn’t just the sheriff’s office that came, strangers from the neighborhood came too.

“I didn’t know any of them, but I took them in,” McCallister said.

After several people on Facebook heard the news, people also sent gifts home.

“Even people said they couldn’t show up, but they wanted to show up and give him a present. Like, I’m opening the door. There are presents at the door. It’s just crazy. He a lot of people showed up,” Richards said.

We asked Heather what the best part of the party was. She said, “A lot of people came, and it was so much fun,” Delk said.

Some of Heather’s favorite gifts she received were Pokemon cards as well as a horse riding session from one of the assistants.

Joseph K. Bennett