A very special man asked, and the world listened.
James South went viral last month for asking for a little help celebrating an impressive milestone. Brookdale Senior Living in Watauga, Texas, shared a photo on Facebook of the WWII veteran holding a sign bearing his humble request: 100 cards for his 100th birthday on October 7
“I’m so happy to get all of these cards,” South told the VA North Texas Health Care System. “I want them up on my walls so I can enjoy them every day.”
Wendy House, a teacher at Farmer Elementary in Louisville, Kentucky, was one of many educators who had her students make birthday cards for Mr. South. “Creating globally and culturally competent citizens!” she wrote on Twitter alongside photos of the kids hard at work.
Creating Globally and Culturally Competent Citizens! Excited to send our birthday cards/letters to WWII Vet Mr. South for his 100th Birthday! #jamessouth @Southern_Living @FarmerDragons pic.twitter.com/mV1oUIJti4— Wendy House (@WendyHouse1234) October 3, 2019
Students at Patriot High School in Nokesville, Virginia, sent hundreds of cards. Kids at Lone Star Elementary in Fort Worth sent 700!
Patriot students and staff never cease to amaze me with their passion and care for others. Well wishes are on their way to Mr. James South who turns 100 on 10/07. He asked for 100 b'day cards and we sent hundreds. @THEPatriotHS @HistoryWithMrsB @PWCSNews @MrNumero pic.twitter.com/IgHtBwjtwv— DeLores Lucas (@LucasDeLores) October 4, 2019
🎈The students @LoneStarElem are so excited to wish Mr. James South a Happy 💯 B-Day. Inside this giant envelope are about 700 cards. @KellerISD @wfaa @startelegram @FOX4 @TODAYshow @FOX4 @dallasnews pic.twitter.com/fvNxQeKsN2— Mrs.Stine (@LSES_Stine) October 3, 2019
A fitting gesture for an American hero. Happy birthday, Mr. South!