BUCHANAN, Va. (WFXR)– For the first time, a young Gavin Price asked his parents for a birthday party. All that Gavin asked is that those that attended did not bring presents, but instead, a jar of peanut butter for the Buchanan Elementary Backpack Buddy Program.
His parents, Bill and Cindy Price agreed to a movie-themed birthday party and sent him to school with 20 invitations to pass out to his friends.
Bill and Cindy received one RSVP, regretfully declining due to the busy holiday season.
The Prices still expected a turnout so they showed up to the Buchanan Theatre this past weekend with cupcakes, games, and kids party supplies.
What happened next was unexpected…
You sit there and look at the clock, ok its 2:00, we’ll give it a few more minutes, maybe some kids are late. Then, it becomes 2:30, then he’s looking at the clock and he’s looking at the door.Bill Price, Gavin’s Father
Time was passing and no one was coming.
Gavin’s brother tried to distract him from worrying, but they couldn’t shield him from the disappointment for too long.
Gavin’s father, Bill asked him if he still wanted to blow out his candle before watching the movie as a family. Two young women from the concession stand and two of his father’s buddies sang happy birthday and Gavin blew out his candle.
Gavin’s parents took to Facebook that evening to share the sad situation.
Their dear friend, Lois Dawn, who runs the New Freedom Farm in Buchanan saw the post and immediately reached out to take action.
I put a post out and said hey Botetourt, Buchanan, let’s have a birthday party. No one showed up for this little boy and the special part was, he didn’t want the birthday party for any treasures, he was collecting peanut butter.Lois Dawn, Navy Veteran, Founder- Director of New Freedom Farm
Lois had gotten to know young Gavin well, his father is a Desert Storm Veteran, and part of the New Freedom Farm family. Gavin was one of few kids that excitedly volunteered to help at the Farm.
Lois knew what a good heart Gavin has and wanted to turn his “test into a testimony.”
Lois’s Facebook post garnered a lot of attention. People from all over the country began to send Gavin peanut butter, packages, and cards.
Lois wanted to host a party at the New Freedom Farm, but even the farm couldn’t handle all the support, so the Botetourt Event Center was donated for a surprise party to take place this Friday.
Batman, local servicemen, and members of the community have come together to give Gavin the 8th birthday he will never forget… shhh, it’s a surprise!