New Jersey WWII veteran asking for 102 birthday cards, and the public doesn’t disappoint

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NEW JERSEY (WSYR-TV) — He may be more than a century old, but he doesn’t need glasses or extra light to read these birthday cards.

Though what George Campbell will need soon is a large place to display his cards. All 2,000 of them and counting

“I enjoy reading the cards, seeing what folks written on it,” Campbell said.

Campbell is turning 102.

To celebrate the milestone, workers at his retirement home posted on its Facebook page a picture of the New Jersey-born man, holding up a sign asking for 102 cards. What came next, they never saw coming.

“Just thought it would be local, half the residents would make a card and we would do it,” said Yehuda May, Nursing Home Administrator at Willow Springs.

But days later, love and support from complete strangers came pouring in. Cards from 40 states, Germany and Ireland. It’s 20 times the amount they asked for. Campbell’s daughter says it’s overwhelming.

“It’s just a wonderful, wonderful experience,” said Tricia Campbell McAvoy.

Campbell spent four years in the Navy during World War II. His daughter is appreciative that most cards detail that.

The staff and family keeping the number of cards a surprise for Campbell, only giving him a few a day, until his birthday. That’s when they will dazzle him with a big dose of reading material that will probably last him until his next birthday.

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