Man upset after not receiving Christmas card overwhelmed when nearly 2,000 arrive

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CEDAR SPRINGS, Mich. (WXMI) - When a highly anticipated Christmas card from his Uncle Denny never arrived, Donnie Whipple was disappointed.

After Donnie's card was returned by the post office to his uncle, Donnie's sister jumped into action.

Spring Hobbs asked 20 of her Facebook friends to send her brother a Christmas card.

Within days, Hobbs' request for 20 cards became 1,712.

The family's mail carrier, Janine Gregory, says she has never delivered this many cards to one person.

“It’s the last part of the route, and it just makes the whole day,” Gregory told WXMI.

Hobbs said Donnie spends a lot of time opening and carefully reading each card.

Many have a little story about the sender but there is usually no return address.

Through tears, Donnie says he cannot say "thank you" enough to everyone who brought him his "best Christmas " ever.

“He is the joy of my life,” said Hobbs. “My mother left him to me as a gift, that’s how I’ve always seen it. Yes, I have somebody in the house who will always believe.”

If you would like to send Donnie a Christmas card, see his Facebook group, Cards for Donnie.

Hobbs said they are donating all gifts of money and gift cards that come with these cards.

She said they have also received notice of donations such as a donation to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Donnie’s name and a tree planted for the Arbor Day Foundation in his name.

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