The 12-year-old Wisconsin girl who survived the brutal "Slender Man" stabbing in May has received hundreds of purple heart cards made by well-wishers across the world.
Her family had asked people to send the 12-year-old girl homemade purple hearts to blanket the walls of her room as she recovered. The young girl, whose name has not been released publicly, was stabbed 19 times by two classmates who said they wanted to please the fictional online character "Slender Man."
Since then, the family says they have received hundreds of purple hearts from people across the world.
"The little girl and her brother open up the hundreds and some days thousands of packages sent to the family from generous people from all over the world," Stephen Lyons, the family's spokesperson, told ABC News. "It's therapeutic and something she and her brother do every day."
This month, she received a military Purple Heart from an anonymous donor. The note read: "The only heart I could find! Be strong!"
In a statement, the family said they were touched by this act of kindness and would "like to personally thank the individual, publicly or privately, for the gift and for their sacrifice for our country."
More than 1,000 people have donated over $57,000 to assist the girl's family in meeting her medical expenses.
Tasneem Nashrulla is a reporter for BuzzFeed News and is based in New York.
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