Father’s Facebook plea for Down Syndrome son creates 30,000 ‘beautiful lessons in humanity’

A French father posted a picture of his son, who has Down syndrome, on Facebook at the beginning of November and made a special request. The results were incredible.

Lucien Parisseaux posted the picture of his son Manuel along with a plea to his Facebook friends to send postcards for Manuel’s birthday.

Manuel Parisseaux
Photo courtesy of Buzzfeed.

“I have a favor to ask from all my Facebook friends: my son Manuel is about to turn 30 on November, 22, and he loves to receive postcards,” the translation reads.

Lucien requested that his friends take a few minutes to write out a card and share the request with their friends.

Astoundingly, even though Lucien has only 22 Facebook friends, the request was shared a whopping 120,000 times.

Soon after the post went viral, the family began receiving cards by the truckload. Thousands per day. In fact, by the time Manuel’s birthday rolled around, he had received about 30,000!

Manuel Parisseaux Cards
Photo courtesy of Buzzfeed.

So plentiful were the cards that the local post office had to assign two employees to handle them.

“We are a bit overwhelmed. We couldn’t imagine that my husband’s Facebook message would trigger such a phenomenon,” Manuel’s mother, Jacqueline LaVoixDuNord, said. “It’s beautiful, it’s wonderful!”

Manuel Parisseaux
Photo courtesy of Buzzfeed.

“People say that our world is selfish. I can now say that this isn’t true,” Manuel’s sister Cathy added. “Everywhere, parents asked their kids to draw something for Manuel and taught them about the right to be different. People took the time to go to the post office for my brother. It is a beautiful lesson in humanity.”

The cards came in from all around the world showing both the best part of social media and mankind.

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