BUFFALO, N.Y. --- Ohio, California, Texas.
A Christmas card from nearly every state in the U.S., to fulfill Elliot Shirback’s Christmas wish.
"He was sad one day; all I wanted to do was uplift him,” Elliot’s mother Anne Daggett explained. “I said 'Elliot, what is it you want for Christmas this year?' He went, 'I just want some cards, Mom.'
One-hundred Christmas cards to be exact. Friends and family put the word out on Facebook last Wednesday --- not expecting much.
"Within a day, it was reposted from mine at least 25, 26 times," friend Colleen Mary Johnson laughed.
Daggett said she never expected such a huge response.
"I thought maybe he might get 35 cards at best. Next thing I know, it's like a flurry and gone viral."
Another 48 hours later, Elliot Shirback's Town of Lewiston home was covered, a sure sign of the power of social media, and the Christmas spirit.
"It makes me happy inside of me,” Shirback said. “It's like a gift, like somebody loves and cares about you."
As of Monday afternoon, it was clear more than 600 people, most of them strangers, cared for the 25-year-old --- a number that far exceeded his expectations. But the mailman wasn't finished with his deliveries just yet, and neither were Elliot's fans, as he was handed a tray full of cards.
“This was like my honor," Shirback explained.
Three hundred cards were in that tray Monday afternoon, bringing Elliot's total card count Christmas morning to more than 1,800. Daggett plans to take an aerial photo of a collage she plans to make from the cards this summer.
One in particular read “Elliot, you are loved.”
They’re words that never rang truer than this Christmas, and if there's ever any doubt, Elliot knows where to turn.
"Wow. I'm like blessed right now."