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12/12/2017 6:29:40 AM

One of the best examples of why social media sites are great. Sharing is caring!

Lucien Parisseaux of Calais, France, posted a picture of his son on Facebook and mention it was his Birthday. He asked friends to send Manuel some birthday cards.

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BUT the birthday card call on Facebook went viral after mom, Jacqueline Parisseaux added a "chain" to Lucien`s request.

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Here`s what Jacqueline posted: "My son Manuel is going to turn 30 years old on November 22. He has Down`s syndrome. I`m writing to ask you to take a couple minutes to send him a little card and to pass this information on to your friends so the chain doesn`t get broken."

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By the time Manuel Parisseaux`s birthday rolled around, the family got a huge surprise!

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Manuel who has Down`s syndrome got truckloads of cards, some 30,000 of them! The cards first came by the dozens, but then hundreds began to arrive! Soon the letter carrier couldn`t deliver all the cards and they began to come by truck.

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So many letters had arrived that Manuel`s family had to resort to storing them in a neighbour`s garage, and then gathering what they could to open them one by one.

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The 30,000 birthday cards came from around the world. Jacqueline says,"We got cards from everywhere: Sri Lanka, Chicago, Hong Kong and sometimes with child`s drawings".

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The family was baffled but touched by people`s generosity. Jacqueline said, "I don`t understand why it got so big. Manuel feels like us, he is moved to tears".

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The rush of 3,000 cards that arrived pushed the total to 30,000, and included were boxes of chocolate, key chains and even cakes.

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The family is trying to sort through all the cards and have promised to keep everyone one them, "but not respond to all of them," Jacqueline said, smiling.

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