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RICHLAND, Mich. – A mom came up with a plan to help her son with Asperger’s be a little less lonely and now the boy has more than 1 million friends.

It’s all thanks to social media.

The effort started in a small Michigan town claiming about 1,000 residents and has now spanned across the globe.

KDVR reported Jennifer, Colin’s mother, asked her 10-year-old son what he wanted to do for his 11th birthday.

He told his mom there was no point in organizing a party because he “has no friends.”

Jennifer knew just what to do.

She started a “Happy Birthday Colin” Facebook page.

Colin now has more than 1 million friends.

Despite the fact that the secret appears to be out for most of the world, Jennifer said that as of Wednesday, Colin still didn’t know about the page.

His mother said she would like to keep it that way, at least until March 9.

“All this love and support has caused me to just cry in front of my computer,” Jennifer wrote on the Facebook page. “Colin keeps asking me, ‘Are you okay mom? What’s wrong?’ I’ve been telling him I’m watching sad videos.”

So if you see Colin, try to keep it under wraps.

If you want to get more personal, Jennifer said she has also set up a PO Box for Colin’s new friends to send him letters.

PO Box 756
Richland, MI 49083-0756