Dalton Dingus is Gone

The 9 year old Kentucky boy who wished for Christmas Cards has passed away, and the cards keep coming, and coming, and coming...

This is my own personal blog-- it is not the opinion of anyone else, the station nor my family. 

You may have heard his name before.

9 year old Dalton Dingus was made into a local and national celebrity when his mother's request for Christmas Cards went viral.  Apparently, she made her appeal via a Facebook entry, and it took off from there.

Not only was Dalton profiled on Good Morning America, Fox News, all the local TV stations and in print, but people all over the world rose to the challenge of sending little Dalton a Christmas Card and swamped the post office.  Two trucks a day would arrive each day for the last several weeks, dropping off the latest load.

There are now stacks and stacks, boxes and boxes of cards from all over the world on their porch, in their garage, at neighbor's houses, at the post office.  There are so many of them, they can't all be counted, let alone opened.

And Dalton finally lost his battle.  Guinness Book of World Records reports they have not had a category for this since 1983.  So it's unclear if he will get his record or not.  At last count, he was over 700,000 cards, with 30,000 to 40,000 arriving each day.

The problem now is, what if those cards have money in them?  What if someone started asking people to  donate a dollar?  What will happen to all that money?  What about the money from the postage?  The cost of the cards?  What will come of all that paper?  Will the family have to pay for disposal of the cards?  What about the cash?  Will they have to pay taxes on any donations?

It's going to be a thorny issue to deal with, and I suspect it's one the media doesn't want to look at.

'Cause who would want to draw attention to the plight of a family who just lost their son to CF, only to be hit by an audit from the IRS?

It kind of makes you sad, doesn't it?  If only we had put a dollar into each envelope, there would be a charitable foundation to carry on the name of Dalton Dingus.  Maybe it's not too late.

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