Sick Indiana boy, 8, flooded with Christmas cards after mom’s online appeal

An Indiana home has been flooded with Christmas cards after a request on social media went viral.

Indianapolis native Shannon Weaver told FOX 59 Tuesday that her eight-year-old son, Jack, suffers from Wolf-Hirschhorn syndrome. It’s a genetic disorder that includes “a characteristic facial appearance, delayed growth and development, intellectual disability, and seizures,” according to Genetic Home Reference.

She says Jack has been depressed over the past couple months but his favourite time of year is almost here.

“Christmas is probably the thing in the world that Jack loves the most. He’s always been so excited by every aspect of Christmas,” Weaver told FOX 59.

Apparently, all Jack wants for the holidays is a mailbox stuffed with cards. Weaver used Facebook to send out a plea to raise her son’s spirits and the Internet certainly didn’t let her family down.

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So far, more than 50 cards from strangers since have arrived at the home.

“He calls all the people who send him cards his friends,” his mother added. “Hopefully they’ll get a little taste of the joy that Jack brings everyone, just like they’re giving him the joy back.”

Weaver says any gifts will be donated to the Peyton Manning Children’s Hospital where Jack has spent a lot of time. She posted online that US$1,500 worth of books have been collected – three times their initial goal.

Anyone interested in sending Jack a letter can mail it to:

Cards for Jack
1389 W 86th St
Indianapolis, IN 46260

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