A boy with autism has received thousands of birthday cards from around the world after his mother made an appeal online.
Ollie Jones celebrated his 15th birthday on the weekend, but mother Karen Jones asked her local community in Plymouth, England to help out with cards after she noticed he had written some for himself.
“He loves opening cards to [the] extent he’s made himself a couple,” she wrote in a post to her local community Facebook page.
“We are [a] small family and he has no friends so gets very few.
“If you have an old one at [the] back of [the] cupboard maybe you could send it to him?”
By the time it was Ollie's birthday, four days after the post, he had received thousands of cards from strangers around the world.
"People keep asking for numbers that arrived! Let's just say it's more than the 20 or so I hoped for," she said.
"[He] tried to open cards to make room for more but hardly made a dent!"
She said Ollie was feeling "famous" after receiving all the cards.
"No one gives me birthday cards, just me," Ollie told the Plymouth Herald.
"It's fab, amazing and fun — but not so many next year please."
Ms Jones said the response has been incredible, adding there are "Ollies everywhere ... this is today's!"
"Some people might think it's just a card — but to us it's massive. Sending cards can bring so much joy."
She said the stamps from the cards would be donated to a children's charity.
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