A British widower known only as Raymond made a plea to his town's Facebook page. "I have been gaining the courage to write this so here goes..." he wrote. "I lost my wife earlier this year, and I am dreading this first Christmas without her." Then we went on to explain that his only son, now an adult, lived in Australia, and it was impossible to visit him. "I don't want to be a burden but are there any community meet ups on Christmas Day
where I can go and meet others so I don't have to spend the day eating my dinner alone?"
InboxI hope you can post this for me. Thank you.I have been gaining the courage to write this so here goes...I lost...Posted by Prestwich People on Thursday, December 17, 2015
InboxI hope you can post this for me. Thank you.I have been gaining the courage to write this so here goes...I lost...
The response from the Prestwich community was amazing. Within minutes after posting the message, offers came pouring in from the townspeople. Numerous folks invited him to Christmas lunch ("and you won't even have to do the dishes," someone named Alex Evans commented). Another person invited him, adding: "My Grandad also lost his wife a couple of years ago and he is on his own. You'll get on like a house on fire. You are very much more than welcome!"
Seeing that he had enough offers for Christmas, people told him to come over on Boxing Day, the December 26th holiday celebrated in the U.K. Some even invited him to January events.
The moderator for the town's page was overwhelmed, too. "I'm blown away by your generosity Prestwich. You really are special people! Makes me proud to run this page X," read the comment.
And while Raymond hasn't responded yet, we're sure it's just because he's so touched by the kindness of strangers--both near and far.