Viral post inspires birthday wishes for Webster boy
WEBSTER, N.Y. -- Strangers are helping to make the birthday dreams of a Webster boy come true.
The cards are already arriving for Owen Knight's 15th birthday on Wednesday.
"It makes me happy knowing that people care for me and stuff,” said Knight.
It all began with a Facebook post last week.
"Someone actually messaged me and said this is going viral and I said, ‘What does that even mean?’" said Owen’s aunt, Amy VanWinkle.
Amy's post included a simple request. She wanted birthday cards for her nephew, who loves receiving mail. In fact, Owen's daily chore is to check the mailbox.
"Most of it that had his name was junk mail, but it didn't matter - he loved it if it was mail,” said Owen’s mother, Jessica VanWinkle.
Amy's Facebook post has been shared more than 1,000 times. The post is also raising awareness about Owen’s disease. He has Duchenne’s muscular dystrophy.
"I feel like the more people that understand the disease, the more people understand Owen and understand my life,” said Owen's mother. "There are so many appointments and so much going on that sometimes you lose touch."
"I guess people didn't really know about me until my aunt posted, and now people know a lot about me,” said Owen.
Card by card, people are showing they care about Owen, too.
"There are really good people out there. It's nice to see that taking a second out of their day to throw a stamp on a card and throw it in the mail, will put a smile on my nephew's face,” said Amy VanWinkle.
"I knew that the cards were going to make him happy and that's all I want. I just want him to have a happy birthday,” said Jessica VanWinkle.
"Thank you very much for sending them, and I appreciate it,” said Owen.
Owen's aunt has heard from people as far away as Australia who are sending cards. He plans to open them all on Wednesday - his birthday.
You can still send a card (even if it’s little late) at the address below:
1615 Ridge Rd
Webster NY 14580