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A simple gesture from people across the globe is putting a smile on the face of a 12-year-old boy.

William Thomas, from Blaine, Washington, is nonverbal and has autism, USA Today reported. And he loves opening mail. Knowing this, his mother, Kay Thomas, decided to ask family and friends on Facebook to send William a Christmas card.

She never expected her simple request to go viral — and since then, she’s been blown away by the hundreds of kind people sending her son mail from all over the world.

I can’t even describe it,” Thomas told USA Today. “Everybody is loving your child and seeing him the way that you want them to see him.”

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