- A veteran received thousands of love letters for Valentine’s
- The 104-year-old man who lives in an assisted facility was overwhelmed with the amount of love that he received
- A local started the campaign, which initially aimed to gather only 100 notes but ended receiving 70,000
A 104-year-old veteran received the surprise of his life when he was flooded with 70,000 love letters from different people for Valentine’s.
William White, dubbed by social media users as “Major Bill,” earned a Purple Heart for his service during WWII. He now resides in an assisted living facility in Stockton, California.
Good News Network shared that even when White’s wife was still li
ving, they did not exchange love letters for Valentine’s Day so a local started “Operation Valentine”; an online campaign that urged strangers to send him notes.
While they only aimed to gather 100 cards, they received an overwhelming response and were able to gather 70,000 from various people from all 50 states and other countries. B/60 said White’s family has asked for volunteers who will open and read the letters for him.
Some took to social media to share the letters they sent to White.
Even Lansing Community College shared a photo of the letters they sent to White.
“Lansing Community College sincerely thanks you for your dedication to our country and your sacrifice in the face of great danger,” the board said, along with several other messages of gratitude.
Citrus Schools also shared photos of kids holding their handwritten letters on colored papers.
“Dear Mr. White, Thank you for protecting me. You are my hero. Thank you for being brave,” one wrote.
“Dear Maj. White. My name is Olivia. I am 7 years old. Thank you for everything you do. Thank you for serving our country. Congratulations for winning the Purple Heart,” another said.
And what was Mr. White’s reaction to this overwhelming pour of messages?
“I cannot describe it. It is just too fantastic,” White said when asked for reaction.