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RICHMOND, Va. -- A local mom wanted to prove to her sons that the world is a good place and after a Facebook post, the Richmond community proved just that Friday night.

Jerri Moes' sons Mason and Alex both have autism. Alex also has muscular dystrophy.

Their favorite thing to do is play Pokémon Go.

“They really, really, get into the Pokémon game and it helps them socialize, talk to people, and just come out of themselves,” she said.

Mason and Alex

Mason and Alex

So for Mason's 8th birthday, Moes got on Facebook and asked anyone playing Pokémon Go at Brown's Island Friday night, to stop by and say happy birthday to her son.

“That would make his world,” said Moes.

The word spread quickly and the results was something Moes never expected.

Pokemon party

A group of complete strangers and Pokémon Go players started organizing a birthday party for Mason, complete with banners, cupcakes and gifts.

Dozens of people from the Richmond community came out Friday to celebrate Mason’s special day and play some Pokémon Go.

“The whole Pokémon community just said, let’s do this,” Moes said. “It makes me feel awesome. I’m really humbled.”

Pokemon party

Sugar Shack Donuts even brought some donuts to the event to celebrate Mason’s 8th birthday.

Moes’ said everyone at the party really rallied around Mason and his friends and made it a night to remember.

“He’s just talking and going. And it’s awesome.”

The mother said taking care of two boys with autism can be extremely tough, but a heartwarming response like Friday night, makes her feel like she's not alone.