Wow. You guys, I have to say thank you. Thanks so very much to everyone who took a few minutes over the holiday season to send my grandmother a Christmas card. I cannot adequately convey just how much this simple gesture has meant to her, and what a difference receiving all of those cards had made during a very difficult time.
A while back, I asked my readers for a simple favor: to send my grandparents a Christmas card. You see, back around Thanksgiving, my grandma was diagnosed with stage 4 lung cancer. It’s the kind of news that is always devastating, but to find this out at a time of year that is supposed to be full of joy makes it a little more difficult to swallow.
My mother thought it might be nice for them to get a few extra cards this year, to help them stay positive and to give them something to keep their minds occupied and put smiles on their faces. She asked her friends to send card, and they asked their friends, and so on. I followed suit, putting out a call on my blog, on Facebook, and on Pinterest, hoping that a few kind folks would pop a card in the mail. What happened next was as close to a Christmas miracle as I have ever witnessed.
Almost immediately, the cards started coming in. They came in a trickle at first, then a dozen or two at a time. Then one day, forty of them all showed up at once. They wouldn’t all fit in the box, so the mailman had to bring them to the door. Soon, they were coming 60 or 70 at a time. Before long, there were so many cards that we couldn’t even count them all. In total, my grandparents received at least 1500 cards this Christmas!
The cards have made an immeasurably huge difference. They made her smile like we’d hoped, but they also did so much more for her. It gave her something to look forward to every day. It kept her focused on positive things and she has felt so very blessed to have so many people, mostly strangers, thinking of her all around the world. Being the recipient of such an outpouring of support and love and emotion is a huge honor, and there are no words for how much every last card has meant to my dear, sweet grandmother. The cards continue to trickle in even after the holidays, finding their way to my grandparents’ humble home in the countryside from all corners of the globe.
Again, I can’t thank you all enough. Thanks to everyone who sent a card, who rallied their friends and neighbors and churches and scout troops to send cards, who shared the information on social media or wrote about my grandmother on their own blogs, or did anything else to help spread the word and share the joy of the season. My entire family appreciates it more than you could ever know.