Mikey Hafner, an 11-year-old from New Hampshire, won’t be handing out Valentine’s Day cards to his classmates at school this year. Instead, he may be spending the holiday in a hospital.
The boy’s mom, Rebecca Hafner, said he was diagnosed with autism last year and recently needed to be admitted to a psychiatric facility for some behavioral issues.
That meant he couldn’t spend Valentine’s Day with his friends. She told WMUR:
“He started having some increased behavioral issues, which led us to having to bring him to the hospital.”
“And I told him I would talk to friends and family, and we would see what we can do about getting him some cards while he was in the hospital.”
The mom started a Facebook page called “Valentine’s Day Cards for Mikey” and asked friends and strangers across the internet to send cards for her 11-year-old. She wrote on the page:
Mikey is now proving once again that he can overcome any obstacle he may endure. He is currently at a children’s hospital that specializes in mental health. Before he was transferred, he had a discussion with me about missing Valentine’s day and that he wouldn’t receive any cards. So his one request was to receive cards for Valentine’s day. Mommy will absolutely help with that!
Rebecca said her son was soon “requesting that we get one card from each state.”
Sure enough, valentines started pouring in for the little boy. Rebecca said she’s gotten so many that she may not have enough room to hang them all. She told WMUR:
“I was planning on taking the cards and hanging them on his bedroom wall, so when he came home, it was just a whole room, a whole setup of love and encouragement and support. And I don’t think I’m going to have enough room now.”
On Thursday, the mom wrote an update that said her son may get out on Valentine’s Day after all but that nothing was for certain. It read:
Good Morning and HAPPY VALENTINES DAY TO ALL OF YOU WONDERFUL SUPPORTIVE FRIENDS!!!!
Yesterday, Mikey’s LOA was a trial run to see if he was safe to be home and in the community again! He did very good. So there may be a possibility Mikey could get discharged TODAY!!!! I’m just waiting for the call after their rounds this morning.
Please keep Mikey in your thoughts today! How amazing would it be for him to be able to come home on Valentine’s day?
There’s no further word whether or not Mikey will get to head home for the holiday. But regardless, he’ll have no shortage of cards to celebrate.