NATCHITOCHES, LA (KSLA) - Sean Stewart has received about 25 Christmas cards this year.
The 11-year-old hopes to get a thousand times that amount.
The number 25,000 might sound like a big goal, until you realize what the Natchitoches youth accomplished last year.
Sean, who is on the autism spectrum, loves to get mail.
Last Christmas, his mom started a campaign to get him 1,000 Christmas cards. He ended up with 10,000 from all 50 states and other countries around the world.
Many of the stamps and stickers sent to him now are in a binder. Sean and his mom are working on putting all those cards from last year into a scrapbook. He also wants a tree house where he can hang up his favorites.
"Sean has developed so much in the last year and half, and I think the cards helped," said his mom, Jennifer Robertson. "It gives him an opportunity to see and meet people from other places.
"He communicates with people from all walks of life all around the world. He is obsessed with geography and history. He is a walking encyclopedia."
The cards have helped Sean develop self-esteem and confidence and build relationships, Robertson said.
He also deals with a lot of bullying at school, so the cards show him a really important message.
"Just seeing that people are truly good out there," his mother said. "There's so much bad in the world, but I want him to know there is also a lot good. Sometimes, you just have to go put it out there and look for it."
Sean looks forward to hopefully reaching his goal this year.
"It kind of made me feel really happy," he said of last year's feat.
"But this year, it's making me get proud of myself."
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