WWII Vet Asks For 100 Birthday Cards, Goes Viral & Ends Up With Thousands.

This story originally appeared at InspireMore.

On February 21, Brookdale Midwestern, an assisted living facility in Wichita Falls, Texas, posted a photo of resident Joe Cuba, affectionately nicknamed “GI Joe,” holding a sign that read, “I’m a World War II veteran who will be turning 100 on March 2, 2019. I would like to receive 100 birthday cards.”

With less than 10 days til his birthday, 100 cards was a lofty goal. Everyone at Brookdale was hopeful it would happen for GI Joe, but no one expected what came next.

Photo: Facebook/Brookdale Midwestern

In the days that followed, Brookdale’s mail room was flooded was birthday cards and even gifts from around the world. Before anyone knew it, Joe was a viral sensation.

Brookdale could hardly keep track of all the letters pouring in, but on March 1, they posted an update: Joe received approximately 35,000 birthday cards, plus over 100 gifts — and more are on the way!

Photo: Facebook/Brookdale Midwestern

On top of that, Joe was the star at a huge birthday bash thrown this past Saturday. Wichita Falls locals and residents from neighboring towns flocked to Brookdale to celebrate the big 1-0-0, including a Texas senator who declared March 2 as official “Joe Cuba day.”

Joe’s daughter, Beverly, says her dad has been nothing short of giddy.

“Every time he opens a card, it’s special, the gift that keeps on giving. We never even dreamed of this response — to know people love him this much. Even if he died tomorrow, it’s been just the most beautiful gift that you could have ever given him and us, as a family.”

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