MAGOFFIN COUNTY, Ky. (WYMT) - Fighting a tough battle with cystic fibrosis a little boy in Magoffin County had just one Christmas wish. He wanted cards, but what his family did not expect was how many he would get.
Dalton Dingus is just nine years old. He was admitted to the hospital in October, and doctors were not optimistic. Family and friends decided he would love to get Christmas cards showing support, and his mom says the power of social media has helped them break a world record.
Everywhere you look in the Dingus home you see Christmas cards, all addressed to Dalton.
"When he was released in November and come home a neighbor decided to start a thing on Facebook called 'Cards for Dalton' to show him that people still supported him and loved him," said Jessica.
Before they knew it cards were coming from everywhere.
"South Africa, Guatemala, Germany, Europe, everywhere. He's got one from almost every continent," said Jessica.
Visitors came too, including a special one from the North Pole. Santa Claus showed up Thursday with presents, and yes, cards.
Dalton's mom says it's a kind of support she never expected.
"He's excited every morning when he gets up to see how much he's got, to see the presents he's got or how many cards he's got," said Jessica.
At first they had a goal of 10,000 cards, but that quickly changed as the cards came pouring in.
"20 to 25,000 cards all today," said Jessica.
"Just thank you. Thank you for your support, for showing him love," said Jessica.
Dalton's mom says the total is now closing in on 60,000 cards. They have set a new goal of 100,000. She says a final count will be done on Christmas Day.
If you would like to send Dalton a Christmas card, you can mail it to Dalton Dingus, HC 62 Box 1249, Salyersville, Ky 41465.