Granddaughter Sparks an Outpour of Love For Former Danbury Mailman With Dementia
I'm sure it's really hard when a former mailman, who's now in assisted living, goes through a big mail season like Christmas, and doesn't get any mail.
That's exactly what happened to Jim Gaboardi, a former Danbury mailman, now living in Bethel at Maplewood at Stony Hill, an assisted living facility.
You see, Jim has dementia, and according to nbcnewyork.com, his granddaughter, Meghan, noticed that many of the other residents were receiving holiday cards, but Jim had none. He told her that it's been a long time since he got any mail, and would love to get a card or two.
Imagine being a mail man for over 40 years, and not getting any mail delivered to you during the busiest mail time of the year.
His granddaughter sprung into action and took to social media and asked everyone to take a few minutes out of their day to send him a card. Well, it worked, Jim started getting mail, and it kept coming, and coming. In total he received over 200 cards. Not just Christmas cards either. All kinds of cards were pouring in. Some from friends, but many from people Jim had never even met.
To say Jim was happy would be an understatement. The outpouring of love and support was amazing. Even Jim's family saw a change in him. His eyes came alive, and he even managed to stay alert and awake much longer at the family's latest get together.
Here's the story that ran on NBC:
With other holidays coming up, or if you'd just like to send Jim Gaboardi a card, you can mail it to Maplewood at Stony Hill: 46 Stony Hill Rd., Bethel, CT 06801.