Dying Girl, 6, Gets Mountain of Christmas Cards, Parade

This may be Addie Fausett's last Christmas
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 25, 2014 3:05 PM CST
Dying Girl, 6, Gets Mountain of Christmas Cards, Parade
This video still image shows 6-year-old Addie Fausett being held by her mother, Tami Fausett, during the Christmas light parade Tuesday, Dec. 23, 2014, in Fountain Green, Utah.   (AP Photo/KSL-TV via Deseret News, Alan Neves)

Addie Fausett inexplicably stopped growing when she was 3, and at now, at 6 and with her illness still undiagnosed, she's expected to live just one more year. Unpredictable outbursts are among her symptoms, so she can't play with any children other than her two sisters—and for Christmas, she wanted to have friends. Her grandmother came up with an idea: Ask for Christmas cards to be sent to the little girl. A Facebook campaign proved even more successful than anyone could predict: The post office in Fountain Green, Utah, has received an estimated half a million cards for Addie; her family has opened about 3,000 so far, decorating the walls with them, People reports.

"We have hundreds of thousands more still to open. They're coming from all over the country, plus Saudi Arabia, Germany, Canada, and all points in between," Addie's mom says. "If you could see Addie's face when she opens them—she loves seeing the pictures other kids draw for her, and she loves to watch her sisters hang each new card on the wall. It's like Christmas every day." Some have also sent gifts, most of which have been donated to other families in need. Fountain Green also threw its first Christmas light parade ever on Tuesday night, just for Addie, the Deseret News reports. The 6-year-old watched with her family from in front of the post office. Says one resident who made two floats for the parade with his family, "I think it has changed the way people think about Christmas in this little town." (More Christmas stories.)

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