Its no wonder that collective help is one of the largest, powerful lending hand you can ever find. Calling out to the Internet for help can be very overwhelming.
Scott Widak and his family recently received the greatest gift anyone in their situation could receive. A widespread viral act of encouragement and kindness, all this from complete strangers. Its one of those moments where your faith in humans restore!
Widak, 47, has Down syndrome and is terminally ill with liver disease. Widak is now at home with his 85 year old mother, who's helping him with his in home hospice care.
Widak’s nephew, Sean O’Connor, turned to the Reddit community to see if anyone would be interested in sending a letter to his uncle.
“One of my uncle’s favorite things to do is open mail, and I thought that if he got a lot of mail it would cheer him up,” says O’Connor.
In 3 hours, O'Connor's post received more than 1,300 comments, with most that expressed interest in sending mail. O'Connor replied with a link to a news article about Widak, and his art and two photos of him and his mother, a P.O. box address.
Due to the amount of personal information, Reddit removed the post four hours later but that was just enough time for most of the commenters to copy the address down.
Widak later received hundreds of letters from all over the world, from the United States to Sweden to Finland to Australia, Japan UK and Mexico. There is still more mail coming in.
Reddit users have sent custom artwork, art supplies, DVDs and personal keepsakes that they wanted to pass on to Widak.
Sony Music Entertainment sent him 15 CDs/DVDs, which were mostly by Johnny Cash.
“The mail that’s arrived has all been extremely positive and thoughtful,” says O’Connor. “My family and I are amazed at how so many strangers could come together for a random act of kindness.”
To say that people are capable of kindness everywhere is an understatement. Well done, Internet. Let's hope this puts Widak's spirits up.