Durant local receives holiday cheer from community

By Jessica Breger Staff Writer jbreger@civitasmedia.com

December 27, 2013

One Durant woman was happy to see the community’s response when she asked for help to cheer her son up over Christmas.

It all started with a plea on a community Facebook page. Charlotte Stephens posted to the Bryan County Sound Off page on December 12 asking fellow page members to send her son cards to cheer him up.

The 21 year old Duane Stephens has Asperger’s Syndrome and lives with his mother. She said he had been asking her why he never gets Christmas cards.

Duane had expressed to her that he was upset that no one sends him personal Christmas cards.

Stephens asked her fellow group members if they had extra cards to send him one, and people did.

They also shared her plea all over the internet and soon Duane was receiving cards, gifts and ornaments from as far away as Canada.

Duane told his mother his favorite card came from Oklahoma Senator Josh Brecheen. Stephens said her son and herself had been at the senator’s campaign party when he was reelected and Duane had met the senator who was very nice to him.

Stephens said she asked this favor on this particular page because she knew of all the good works the page members have done. “I knew that would be the place to go,” said Stephens.

Stephens said it has been a particularly hard year for her son and she is convinced he would not have had a very happy Christmas had it not been for the people who sent him cards.

She said her son was very excited to receive the cards. “He gets excited when he sees the postman now,” she said.

Stephens said that Duane gets most excited to see where each card comes from. One person sent the boy a map so he can pin each place the cards come from.

Duane received 139 cards as of December 26 and created a card wall to display them.

“They have blessed my son beyond reason,” said Stephens. Stephens said she is grateful for everybody who shared her plea and sent Duane cards.