Former Hamilton nurse and longtime resident Ann Konkel, who turned 105 on July 14, received thousands of birthday cards rather than the hundred or so she was asking for.
“The response has been tremendous. The cards have been arriving from all over Canada, the United States and Europe,” Ann’s granddaughter Laura Konkel told Global News. “She has received almost 2,000 cards and they are still arriving.”
In mid-June, Rotterdam-born Konkel had only one request for her birthday, which was to receive more birthday cards than years she’s lived.
Konkel made the request while spending a rare opportunity amid the COVID-19 pandemic to celebrate with some loved ones in the courtyard of St. Joe’s hospital. Konkel has been in the hospital since May after being admitted to St. Joseph’s for a leg injury.