Thousands of strangers send cards, gifts to boy awaiting heart transplant

Thousands of cards, gifts sent to boy awaiting heart transplant

BOSTON — It wasn’t the Christmas morning his family hoped for, but thanks to thousands of strangers, there has been no shortage of holiday spirit for 6-year-old Carlos Rolon and his family.

“I was waiting for my Christmas miracle but I guess now was not our time, but everyone is making the best of it, we take it day by day,” said Carlos’s mom Sheena Cossette.

Carlos was born with an unbalanced atrioventricular canal defect – an abnormality of one of the four chambers of his heart. He’s waiting for a heart transplant and can’t go home until he gets one. Knowing it was likely he would spend Christmas in the hospital, Carlos asked for holiday cards, and did people deliver!

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“We are beyond blessed. Well over 30,000 letters, packages, yeah a lot more than we anticipated," said Cossette.

Look at that smile! Thank you to everyone who sent Christmas cards to Carlos. The 6-year-old Worcester boy is waiting...

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Carlos didn’t just get cards.

After seeing our story on Carlos, a law enforcement motorcycle club called the Redlight King MC out of New Jersey wanted to do more.

“We wanted to make sure that Carlos had a little something from us," said Amanda Rivera.

They teamed up with Boston Harley to make a specialized bike just for Carlos and local law enforcement also stepped in to help.

“I watched the video from Fox News and it kind of took off from there. We got a few cards from Malden PD and it took off from there, Malden Fire and the Free Masons wrote a few cards,” said Malden Police officer Cory Dentremont.

“We accomplished our goal, his room is covered in Christmas cards," said Cossette. "It’s been a wonderful journey and one we will never forget.”

Carlos may be receiving more gifts than he ever imagined, but somehow, it’s safe to say he’s the one spreading the joy.