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Posted on Dec 17, 2013

A Newspaper Helped A Lonely Irish Pensioner Find Someone To Spend Christmas With

Merry Christmas, everyone.

Last week, The Irish Post reported a sad story.

irishpost.co.uk

85 year old Irish pensioner James Gray had placed an advert in the newspaper, trying to find someone else to spend Christmas with.

Gray had spent the last ten Christmases alone.

Irish Post / Via irishpost.co.uk

"I am used to the loneliness, but I do not want it to be the same this year", he told the Irish Post.

The newspaper began a campaign to collect cards for Mr Gray.

@blueberrypiefun you can send a card to Mr Gray c/o The Irish Post, 1 Lindsey Street, Smithfield, London EC1A9HP

The Irish Post

@theirishpost

@blueberrypiefun you can send a card to Mr Gray c/o The Irish Post, 1 Lindsey Street, Smithfield, London EC1A9HP

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It was a success.

Some of the hundreds of cards that have arrived from around the world for lonely Irish pensioner James Gray

The Irish Post

@theirishpost

Some of the hundreds of cards that have arrived from around the world for lonely Irish pensioner James Gray

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A massive success.

Love this homemade Christmas card from @ClaraaKelly for pensioner James Gray

The Irish Post

@theirishpost

Love this homemade Christmas card from @ClaraaKelly for pensioner James Gray

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The biggest success.

@theirishpost Please send Happy Christmas wishes to Mr. Gray from the end of the Dingle Peninsula :)

Felicity Hayes-McCoy

@fhayesmccoy

@theirishpost Please send Happy Christmas wishes to Mr. Gray from the end of the Dingle Peninsula :)

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It wasn't just cards either - invitations to Christmas dinner were extended too.

@CLBSolicitors @WChristmasLiv @LiverpoolShell we are trying to get hold of 85-year-old James Grey to join us. @Independent @theirishpost

Cllr Jake Morrison

@EiJake

@CLBSolicitors @WChristmasLiv @LiverpoolShell we are trying to get hold of 85-year-old James Grey to join us. @Independent @theirishpost

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Mr Gray was floored by the repsonse.

Irish Post / Via irishpost.co.uk

And he's currently considering his options.

Another #JamesGray update for everyone who has emailed. We will be in touch tomorrow morning as we try to put finishing touches on his plans

Niall

@Niall_IrishPost

Another #JamesGray update for everyone who has emailed. We will be in touch tomorrow morning as we try to put finishing touches on his plans

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It's a Christmas miracle.

John Lewis / Via BuzzFeed

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