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Sick teen receives thousands of cards

Irvine, KY, Rural Carrier Bud Tucker and customer Aaron Stamper
Irvine, KY, Rural Carrier Bud Tucker helps present Aaron Stamper with some of the thousands of mailpieces he received for his 16th birthday.

Aaron Stamper wanted his 16th birthday to be special, so he asked for his mailbox to be filled with cards and letters.

The Irvine, KY, teen was diagnosed with leukemia in 2014, and his older brother died in a car crash one year later.

To brighten Aaron’s spirits this year, his family shared his request in a Facebook post that went viral.

“The first day, there was a full letter tray, some flats and a couple of parcels,” said Rural Carrier Bud Tucker. “The next day, Aaron received so much mail it almost didn’t fit in my vehicle.”

More than 30,000 cards, letters and packages have poured in. Tucker arranged for Aaron to have a police escort to the Post Office to pick up his mail.

“I’m just glad I could help him enjoy this experience,” Tucker said.

Other community members also helped.

The town threw Aaron a parade and a larger mailbox was installed for his family.

Additionally, a moving company donated a storage pod, where Aaron sits at night to read his mail.

“I get overwhelmed with emotion when I think of how humble and appreciative Aaron is about receiving all the cards, letters and packages,” Tucker said.

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