When Angel Kazanis threw her little boy Evan a birthday party, she no doubt hoped that it would be an event to remember. But when no one showed up to the celebration, Angel watched her son’s excitement turn into disappointment. And it was then that a stranger at Chuck E. Cheese’s made them an unusual offer.
July 2018 was set to be a special month for little Evan Kazanis, who hails from New Jersey. Why July? Because it was then that the little boy was going to turn four years old. And to mark the occasion, his mom, Angel, was throwing him a special birthday party.
To ensure that it was a birthday to remember, Angel invited 30 youngsters to a local Chuck E. Cheese’s. What’s more, the proud mom had already reserved a special area within the restaurant. Now, all that she had to do was wait for the kids to turn up and let the good times roll.
On the big day, Angel and Evan got to the restaurant in good time and patiently awaited the arrival of their guests. As the minutes ticked by, though, it soon became evident that no one was coming to join them. And so it looked as though Evan would be celebrating his fourth birthday alone.
Recalling Evan’s heartbreaking reaction to his no-shows, in August 2018 Angel told Inside Edition, “He was looking at the door. You saw the disappointment on his face.” Naturally, then, her son’s sorrow left the mom feeling deeply upset.
But it wasn’t just Evan and his mom who were troubled by the upsetting situation. You see, when restaurant staff realized that no one had turned up to the youngster’s party, it saddened them too. And none of the team members were more upset than Chuck E. Cheese’s employee Taylor Inzinna.
Inzinna later recalled her reaction to little Evan’s disastrous birthday. Speaking to Inside Edition, she said, “I immediately ran to the kitchen and was so upset. [Angel] was handling it so much better than I was. She held it together and never let Evan know for a second that she was upset, which I think was super awesome.”
After the party failed to materialize, though, Evan and Angel decided to leave the restaurant. Inzinna couldn’t get the dejected little boy out of her mind, though. And as a result, she later invited the pair back to the parlor, where she intended to surprise them with a very sweet gesture.
You see, after witnessing Angel and Evan’s disappointment, Inzinna took to Facebook to announce her intentions to throw the little boy another party. And to make the celebration extra special, Inzinna appealed to her friends and family to buy birthday presents for Evan.
Happily, Inzinna’s plea worked – and it must have been very persuasive, too. In fact, before long she had friends, colleagues and family members alike responding to her request. “Within three to four days, I had about 13 gifts,” the kindly Chuck E. Cheese’s worker later revealed.
So when Evan and Angel returned to the restaurant just over a week later, Inzinna was able to surprise them with a whole pile of presents. And for Inzinna, being able to turn the youngster’s frown upside down made all the effort worthwhile.
Inzinna later revealed, “The day [Evan] came back in, seeing the smile on his face was everything I wanted. I had one goal that day, and my goal was to make sure that he left happy. And he left going, ‘Oh my God, Mom, this is the best day ever.’”
And while Evan was unable to control his excitement, his mom was overwhelmed with emotion too. “I was shocked,” Angel admitted. “I had to keep myself from crying.” So once again, the mom found herself trying to hide her reaction from her son – though this time it was for a much happier reason.
“I didn’t want him to see how this affected me,” Angel revealed. “They made him feel a million dollars, like he was the most important kid in the whole world.” And for that, the happy mom had Inzinna to thank.
But while Angel was singing Inzinna’s praises, the Chuck E. Cheese’s staff member was just glad to have given Evan a birthday to remember – and this time for all the right reasons. What’s more, to show all the people who’d sent the youngster gifts just how happy they had made him, Inzinna went online to post some pictures of Evan’s celebration.
In the images, Evan is ripping open his presents with glee. And the happy four-year-old even got to meet – and take pictures with – Chuck E. Cheese himself. Alongside the heartwarming pictures she’d put up, Inzinna posted a message stating that the experience had been “the most rewarding day [she’d] had in a while.”
In her caption, Inzinna continued, “A week ago, this little boy had his party at Chuck E. Cheese’s and played alone. Today, Evan and his mom are having the best day ever.” She added, “Thank you so much to everyone who helped me make Evan’s birthday such a special day. My heart is so full and so, so happy.”
And Inzinna wasn’t the only one made happy by Evan’s little smiling face. You see, Inzinna’s post subsequently went viral, and she was inundated with kind messages from people who were grateful for her selfless actions.
In one comment, Kayleigh Watters – who seemingly sent Evan a gift – wrote, “Yay! I’m so happy this sweet little peanut could have the birthday he deserved! Thanks for putting this out to the Facebook world so we could all add a little love to their day.”
Meanwhile, Craig A. Derrell added, “Thank you for being such a kind and thoughtful person. What you did for that little boy was just beautiful. You have made such a difference in his life and his mother’s. Thank you for what you did and continue to do.” Happily, then, Evan had finally had an extra-special birthday party that he’ll no doubt remember for many years to come.