When Damien Smith moved from Coquitlam, British Columbia to Salmon Arm, British Columbia, he feared he would have a hard time making friends. His parents, Tiffanie Trudell and Thomas Smith posted about their son’s fear and asked people to send him birthday cards so he can feel less alone.
Damien got over 1,200 cards and birthday wishes from all around the world including from places like New Zealand, India and Norway.
He was taken into his living room with a blindfold, only to find his friends there to sing him “Happy Birthday.” When he opened his eyes to see his friends, his mom said to him “Here [are] cards all the way around the world telling you how important you are.”
There was one surprise gift that wasn’t a card, but a video greeting from “Deadpool” star, Ryan Reynolds. “I relate to your story a lot because I also went to a new school,” the actor said in the video, “I remember how alone I felt and unseen I felt.”
He continued to say, “When you feel suffering and when you feel bad about something, you say it’s because you feel like you’re the only one. You’re not alone.” He then goes on to wish Damien a happy birthday.
He was so taken aback by the video that he tearfully hugged his mother. As the festivities continued, he and his friends enjoyed a free Deadpool themed cake from a local bakery.
His mom said that with all of the love he’s received from the people sending cards and Reynold’s video, her son has a “newfound confidence.”
“The world right now is going through something crazy,” Trudell said, “And it’s nice that my son gets to see a bright light and shares it with everybody around the world.”