An autistic boy with no friends has received THOUSANDS of birthday cards from complete strangers after a poignant appeal by his mum.
Ollie Jones, who turns 15 on Saturday, broke his mother’s heart when he made two birthday cards for himself thinking they would be the only ones he would get.
His mother, Karen, 49, made an Facebook appeal on a local community site asking people to send him birthday cards.
But her plea has gone viral and delighted Ollie – an only child – has been swamped with cards from all four corners of the country with 8,000 arriving overnight.
The cards started to arrive in their box-loads yesterday morning (Thursday) with hundreds more at the local post office waiting to be delivered.
In addition, the phone at the family’s home in Exmouth, Devon is ringing constantly with other goodwill messages.
Karen, a full-time single mum and voluntary support worker for parents with autism, said: “We’ve already received around 8,000 cards.
“And I now cannot get my phone messages down – it just keeps going off.
“I’m trying to reply to everyone, it’s just gone pretty mad.
“Today when the postman arrived there were boxes and boxes of cards.
“We estimated he has around 8,000 now.
“And the postman said there are even more at the post office.”
Karen added: “My son made two birthday cards.
“I thought maybe we could just try to get him a few extra cards this year.
“So, I put a little post on Facebook asking people to send him birthday cards and now I’m having messages from all over the world.”
Karen said that the birthday messages had given a big boost to her son, who also enjoys opening envelopes.
She added: “I’m also having messages from people who are saying ‘my son has autism too’.
“We are a small family – it’s just us two and the dog.
“Ollie has no friends to the extent where he turned up yesterday morning and showed me he had made some birthday cards for himself.”
On the first day around 50 cards had arrived for Ollie – but Karen has no idea what they will end up with.
Her Facebook post has now been shared more than 9,000 times with people across the globe pledging to send a card.
Ollie had said: “No one gives me birthday cards, just me.”
Karen added: “It just brought tears to my eyes, I thought ‘oh my god’, it was a lump in the throat moment.
“All I can say is thank you, the kindness, love and goodwill of everyone has been phenomenal.”
“He loves to walk his dog Poppy, he loves his X Box and loves music and arts and crafts.”
“I think he’s going to have a brilliant time for his birthday, we’ve been joking he will be opening them all year.”
By mid-morning two postmen arrived with a special delivery of THIRTEEN boxes filled with cards for Ollie.
The overwhelmed teen told his mother: “It’s fab, amazing and fun – but not so many next year please mum.
“Where are we going to put them all?”
His mum added: “He is quite overwhelmed by it all.
“I’ve put a note on my door asking people to put them through the letterbox now.”