After thinking he was going to spend his 88th birthday on his own, a World War II veteran got a huge surprise that made his day even better.
Gene Moore was forced into a retirement home because of poor health, and his family worried that he wouldn’t have any friends to celebrate with on his birthday. Moore’s wife Nola asked her grandson Jon to help make his day special, so he took to the social media site Reddit to ask people to send his grandfather birthday cards.
“He was a Navy Postman on the USS John A. Bole, so it was almost ironic that the man who carried letters of love for so many people during the war was finally getting letters himself,” Jon Moore told the Daily Mail. “No-one in my family knew I was going to post it to Reddit, and no one anticipated the amazing response we got. I figured that if even two people sent cards, then my grandparents would be overjoyed. I compiled together some photos of my grandparents for the Reddit post, including one from his days in the Navy during World War Two.”
Jon Moore didn’t know what to expect from his post, but on his birthday, Gene received 40 cards and over 300 emails from users who saw the post on Reddit.
“I was shocked - I have seen what strangers on the Internet can do when they rally behind something, but I never expected it to affect me directly,” Jon Moore said. “It has been so amazing to see such genuine kindness from everyone - we were all surprised and absolutely thrilled. My grampy was so happy. He is generally not the most emotive person in the world, but he loved seeing the letters.”