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.
BUT the birthday card call on Facebook went viral after mom, Jacqueline Parisseaux added a "chain" to Lucien`s request.
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."
By the time Manuel Parisseaux`s birthday rolled around, the family got a huge surprise!
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.
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.
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".
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".
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.
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.