Ad-Express and Daily Iowegian, Centerville, IA

February 21, 2014

AmeriCorps accepts Facebook challenge

By Krystal Fowler Lifestyle Editor
The Daily Iowegian

---- — Centerville’s AmeriCorps group will be participating in an online effort to give a little boy a happy birthday and they are inviting the community to get involved too.

According to Centerville AmeriCorps member Margaret Repasz, she recently heard of a Facebook page for a boy named Colin who lives in Michigan. Colin has a disorder similar to Aspereger’s Syndrome, which causes him to act out and have difficulties with social skills.

He had requested of his mother to not have a birthday party, saying he didn’t have any friends and that no one would come anyway. His mother seeing how upset her son was, took to Facebook to create a page called Happy Birthday Colin to surprise him on his birthday, March 9.

“All this is being done in secret from Colin,” Repasz said. “His mother also posted a P.O. box mailing address hoping he would get a card or two.”

Repasz decided that the local community should get involved. Starting today AmeriCorps will be joining the effort to send Colin birthday wishes from Centerville Schools.

The AmeriCorps rooms at Centerville High School and Howar Junior High will have oversized birthday cards for people to sign.

“Feel free to come in and bring your students to sign them as well,” said Repasz. “Let’s make sure Colin feels the love from Centerville.”

The high school AmeriCorps kids kicked off the effort Thursday by signing the cards soon after Repasz got them.

Repasz plans to mail the cards out on March 3 so they can reach Colin by his birthday. She also said if the two cards they are signing become filled she will add more cards to the project.