Earlier this week the generosity of online support transcended into real-life kindness, after Reddit users touched by the story of a terminally-ill man took to their thousands to leave words of encouragement and compassion on the social news site.
Forty-seven year old Scott Widak lives at home with his 85-year-old mother, where she provides hospice care as he has Down syndrome and is terminally ill with liver disease, but thanks to his nephew appealing to the Reddit community by asking its users to send letters to his uncle, has since become an Internet phenomenon.
"One of my uncle's favorite things to do is open mail, and I thought that if he got a lot of mail it would cheer him up," said O'Connor.
Which he surely will be, after the post received an incredible 1,300+ comments in just three hours, with its users stating how they would love to send his uncle some mail. Spurred on by the positive feedback received, O'Connor then linked a story The Sun Chronicle ran on his uncle's artwork along with two personal photos, his uncle's interest in Johnny Cash and a PO box address - but as the post contained personal information, was taken down from the site.
However, this hasn't deterred Reddit users - with Widnak being the lucky recipient of letters sent to him from all over the world. Receiving words of support from countries including Australia, Finland, Japan, Sweden the UK and the US, letters are still pouring in as we speak.
Sony Music Entertainment even sent Widak 15 CDs/DVDs, mostly to do with Johnny Cash.
"The mail that's arrived has all been extremely positive and thoughtful," explained O'Connor. "My family and I are amazed at how so many strangers could come together for a random act of kindness."
Were you one of the kind users who took the time to mail your support? If so, take a look at the images and see how your random act of kindness has impacted upon Widak and his family.