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Thanks To His Father's Facebook Post, This Man With Down Syndrome Received 30,000 Cards For His Birthday

"People say the world is selfish. I can now say this isn't true."

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At the beginning of November, Lucien Parisseaux of Calais, France, posted a picture of his son, Manuel, on Facebook. Manuel was about to turn 30, so Lucien asked his friends to send his son some birthday cards.

"I have a favor to ask from all my Facebook friends: my son Manuel is about to turn 30 on November, 22, and he loves to receive postcards," wrote Manuel's father.


By November 22, Manuel's birthday, they had received almost 30,000 cards from all around the world.

The local post office even had to assign two employees to exclusively take care of Manuel's mail.

"People say that our world is selfish," said Cathy, Manuel's sister. "I can now say that this isn't true. Everywhere, parents asked their kids to draw something for Manuel and taught them about the right to be different."

"People took the time to go to the post office for my brother. It is a beautiful lesson in humanity."

Marie Telling is a Senior Writer & Producer for BuzzFeed Food and Tasty and is based in New York.

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