After their house was robbed, Linda Saunders posted a heartbreaking photo of her son, Jackson, to Facebook. His piggy bank was stolen, and he was devastated. It was filled with bills and mementos from special occasions. He called it his "memory bank."
Over the ensuing weeks, the post was shared over 2,000 times. "We started receiving notes, coins, and foreign bills, just days following the robbery," Saunders tells BuzzFeed Canada. "We still do not know how individuals got them to us."
"Without us knowing, a military man in New Brunswick, Shamus Benard, started collecting coins for Jackson. He wanted each coin to represent a kind person who was thinking of him." Jackson now has coins from all over the world.
A server at a local restaurant also sent an item to Jackson. "We in turn tracked her down and Jackson delivered a thank you card to her place of work," Saunders says. "When Jackson handed her the card, and said 'thank you,' she started to cry and asked for a hug."
Jackson is writing thank you cards to everyone who sent him something for his new memory bank.
His favourite item so far is the "Headquarters Squadron" medallion sent by Corp. Fowler-Pasch from CFB Gagetown in New Brunswick.
"This collection represents so many things to Jackson. Mainly, that there are so many kind, thoughtful, amazing people in Canada and around the world. Jackson was very thankful and touched by this experience."
Here's Jackson before and after. Good job, thoughtful strangers!
Craig Silverman is a media editor for BuzzFeed News and is based in Toronto.
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