Old Wives' Tales
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Claim: Nick Waters, a 15-year-old physically-challenged boy living in Georgia, wants 10,000 Christmas cards.
Example: [Collected on the Internet, 2004]
Origins: In December 2004 this curious request for Christmas cards began arriving in our inbox. Unlike many a "languishing child requests cards" entreaty, this one was on the
Nick Waters was a 15-year-old boy who attended Dean Rusk Middle School in Canton, Georgia. (We know the
The youngster's desire to receive 10,000 Christmas cards was indeed real, and was broadcast by at least a few radio stations, such as
However, although the request was genuine, the boy's goal has already been met ten times over. Quoting Nick's father, who penned this
The total that made it to him by Christmas day is 104,972!By February 2006, young Nick had received more than 145,000 cards from around the world, which was the 10,000 Christmas greetings he was hoping for, and 135,000 more. The danger with such appeals is they don't magically end when the need is fulfilled. (To gain a better appreciation of how much havoc good intentions can wreak even when the appeal is valid, see the horrendous tale of what Craig Shergold and his family have endured thanks to that lad's years-ago request for cards. The Shergold family had to move because of the influx of well-intentioned
Nick passed away at age 21 in March 2010, his 2004 appeal having garnered him an estimated total of 300,000 Christmas cards.
Barbara "muddied Waters" Mikkelson
Last updated: 19 March 2010
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