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Facebook post gives 9-year old the birthday party of his dreams

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CARBONDALE -- A Marion boy had the birthday party of his dreams Saturday, thanks to the kindness of strangers. 

Aiden Racicot loves dinosaurs .

That's why he had his ninth birthday party at the Science Center in Carbondale

But Aiden is also kind of shy, and at his birthday party last year, only two other kids showed up.

"No one ends up showing and its disappointing for the kid and heartbreaking for the parents," Aiden's dad Matt said.

Hoping to avoid a repeat, Matt reached out on Facebook with a simple request -- that people with kids Aiden's age stop by.

"Seeing him happy makes me happy," Matt said.

The community responded, as more than 100 people showed up to Aiden's party, leaving him with a birthday he'll never forget.

"Good, happy, it was great, yeah great," Aiden said.

Aiden says he got some awesome presents, had a blast and made a ton of new friends.

"I was really excited for him.," Aiden's mom Liz said. "I didn't really expect all that, but I guess there are a lot of really good people in southern Illinois that I didn't know before today."

For Aiden's parent's, seeing the kindness of strangers light up their son's special day brought smiles to their faces

"It kind of restores your faith in people," Matt said. "The world is an ugly place, and something like that kind of changes your perception."

Proof a small act of kindness can make a huge difference.

And you don't have to worry about Aiden next year, he's got more than 100 new friends he can celebrate with.

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