“I want them up on my walls so I can enjoy them every day.”

By Meghan Overdeep
October 9, 2019

A very special man asked, and the world listened.

James South went viral last month for asking for a little help celebrating an impressive milestone. Brookdale Senior Living in Watauga, Texas, shared a photo on Facebook of the WWII veteran holding a sign bearing his humble request: 100 cards for his 100th birthday on October 7

Since then, birthday cards and gifts arrived from as far away as Australia and India, reports NBCDFW. As of the morning of his birthday, South had received nearly 100,000 cards.

“I’m so happy to get all of these cards,” South told the VA North Texas Health Care System. “I want them up on my walls so I can enjoy them every day.”

Wendy House, a teacher at Farmer Elementary in Louisville, Kentucky, was one of many educators who had her students make birthday cards for Mr. South. “Creating globally and culturally competent citizens!” she wrote on Twitter alongside photos of the kids hard at work.

Students at Patriot High School in Nokesville, Virginia, sent hundreds of cards. Kids at Lone Star Elementary in Fort Worth sent 700!

A fitting gesture for an American hero. Happy birthday, Mr. South!

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