INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (December 8, 2015) – Most 8-year-old boys write Santa asking for video games and bicycles, but not Jack Weaver. His request is much simpler. He’s asking for a mailbox filled with Christmas cards.
Jack was born with Wolf-Hirschhorn syndrome, a genetic disorder caused by a deletion of material within the fourth chromosome. This causes Jack to frequently have seizures as well as other medical issues.
Jack’s mom Shannon Weaver says he’s had a rough couple of months, and he’s been very depressed. But Christmas is his favorite time of the year, and he wants to cover the walls of his room in Christmas cards.
"Christmas is probably the thing in the world that Jack loves the most. He’s always been so excited by every aspect of Christmas," Weaver said.
Weaver sent out a request on Facebook and a friend came up with the idea to send Jack Christmas cards. The idea took off and he's already received more than 50, with new cards every day.
"When we ask him if he wants to go get the mail, he knows that there (are) going be a lot of cards there waiting for him," Jack's dad Brian Weaver said.
Jack showed FOX59's Jill Glavan and her photographer why he's becoming famous on YouTube with his signature dancing and singing. He wanted to show off his cards and is always making new friends.
"Jack has never met a stranger in his life, which is perfect for something like this because now he has friends all over the country and all over the world," Shannon Weaver said.
The Weavers said that the cards have acted as more than just a decoration for Jack. They’ve helped comfort him when he’s having a bad day.
"He calls all the people who send him cards his friends. ... Hopefully they’ll get a little taste of the joy that Jack brings everyone, just like they’re giving him the joy back," Weaver said.
If you would like to send Jack a card for Christmas, please mail it to:
Cards for Jack
1389 W 86th St
Indianapolis, IN 46260
Additionally, the Weavers say that any gift cards or toys sent to Jack will be donated to the Peyton Manning Children's Hospital (where they have spent many holidays in the past) and to deserving local military families. They say they have already collected $1,500 worth of books to donate to the hospital.
Downtown Comics is hosting an afternoon of Christmas Carols for Jack and his family on December 19 if you would like to give Jack the card in person!