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WWII veteran receives hundreds of cards for his 100th birthday; here's how you can send one

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According to WSLS-TV, Ray Painter, 99, of Lexington, Virginia, originally asked for 100 cards in a now-viral Facebook post shared earlier this month by his retirement home, the Mayflower

In the April 15 post, Painter is pictured holding a sign that reads: "Hi! My name is Ray Painter. I'm a WWII veteran turning 100 on May 5, 2019. I would like to be sent 100 cards!!"

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He got his wish and then some. In a follow-up post last week, the Mayflower said Painter has received 1,411 birthday cards so far. 

>> See the post here

Today’s delivery Total 1411❤️❤️❤️❤️

Posted by The Mayflower on Friday, April 26, 2019

"It's still hard to believe that I've got that many cards," Painter told WSLS

The widower told the news station that he is thrilled to receive the cards but wishes he could share them with his late wife.

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"I think about her every day," he said. "I know she'd be happy, too."

Want to send Painter a card? You can mail it to Ray Painter, c/o The Mayflower, 409 S. Main St., Lexington, VA 24450. 

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