On February 5, readers were invited to send a Valentine card to a 104-year-old Marine veteran named William White. He served 35 years on active duty, and now lives at an assisted living facility in Stockton, California. One of his fellow residents launched a media campaign, asking friends, family and even strangers to send Valentine cards to White. They hoped he might receive 100 cards.
You can imagine his surprise when he was flooded with more than 70,000 love letters, greeting cards and well-wishes from all 50 states and several foreign countries. "It's just too fantastic," he said. "It's something I've never heard or seen. All of a sudden, like a ton of bricks. I'm sort of speechless."