Posted: Dec 28, 2012 5:18 PM
Updated: Dec 28, 2012 6:27 PM
A little Magoffin County boy with a larger than life dream continues to inspire people around the world. Dalton Dingus is terminally ill from Cystic Fibrosis and since his quest for Christmas cards went viral, you won't believe how many cards he has now.
Even after breaking the record for most Christmas cards, the laughing gingerbread man card he got in early December is still his favorte. He's received two more just like it, and a Santa Claus card made him smile too.
To date, Dalton has received more than 700,000, approaching that one million mark. On Christmas Eve alone, Dalton's mom, Jessica Dingus, said he received between 40,000 and 50,000 cards. The post office in Campton had to make two truck deliveries. Now the cards are going to Dalton's grandpa's church, the Bethlehem Calvary Church in Salyersville, where they are sorted and counted by hand. The special visits and deliveries, including a giant card from the Post Office, which Dalton's mom said he really loved, have made the season bright.
It's the power of social media, and perhaps more the power of the human spirit, that's helping Dalton exceed all expectations. It started with a neighbor suggesting on facebook people send Dalton Christmas cards, from there it has become a phenomenon.
Dalton's mom says he's looking forward to relaxing a little now that the holidays are winding down. They are storing all those hundreds of thousands of cards in box trailers on a family member's property.
You can send a card to the following address:
Dalton Dingus, HC 62 Box 1249, Salyersville, KY 41465.