104-year-old Bill White, a World War II veteran, is getting ready for an extra special Valentine’s Day after a request for holiday cards yielded over 20,000!
The retired major in the U.S. Marine Corps was so delighted to receive cards and he was overwhelmed to get mountains of them.
Another resident at the retirement took to social media and requested people to send Bill White cards, The Record reported.
Thousands of people sent gifts, letters, and cards which he will be presented on Valentine’s Day.
In an interview with KCRA, he said: “I don’t know what to say or think or do when this subject is brought up. It hits me like a ton of bricks.
“I’m surprised to say the least. I hadn’t expected any of this until all of a sudden it happened.”
His daughter, Mary Huston, said to the Record that most of the cards came from people with fathers, brothers and sons in the military.
“It’s kind of a way to thank maybe those that have passed already,” she expressed. “They can’t thank them personally, so they’re doing it through him.”
The heartwarming gifts and cards will join White’s collection of memories he has gained over the years, including scrapbooks and objects he keeps on a shelf, he said to KTXL.
“It’s kept me busy just trying to locate or keep track of what’s happened to me, where, when,” he said.
“I’ll save every one of them like I’ve been saving little things that have come up until right now and they’ll be a personal part of my history.”
The executive director at The Oaks, Diane Wright, said to KCRA that Operation Valentine “is a sign of showing love, appreciation. We have them from New York, Oklahoma, Tennessee.”
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