Cards — thousands of cards.
No doubt when Mark Enman first issued his plea on a social media page for people, friends and family he first thought, to send a Christmas card to his ailing parents who are in long-term care, he could have imagined what would unfold.
Enman’s parents Bev and Don both suffer from dementia, diagnosed less than a year apart. Now, they reside at Summerset Manor, both in different rooms and, most days, neither knows that the other is just a few rooms and only a floor away.
Enman, the youngest of four siblings and the only to live in Summerside, has seen first hand what dementia has taken from his parents.
For his mother, it has been her mobility and her short-term memory. Most days, Bev spends all but a few hours in bed.
For Enman’s father, the disease has progressed quickly. The son’s fear is that his father, Don, enjoy a Christmas like the family had in the past.
That’s why Enman wanted to show them an outpouring of love and support, to replicate a scene from his mother’s favourite holiday movie, “A Miracle on 34th Street.” He wanted his parents to, at least in the moment, have a Christmas to remember.
What has since transpired since Enman posted his plea on a social media site just a mere two weeks ago has been a miracle in itself.
His hope for a miracle for his parents is unfolding right before his eyes.
The cards have been coming in fast and furious, thousands of them — close to 3,000 at last count — from young and old from all over the world.
There are cards from schools, homemade cards from school-aged children who wanted to help make a miracle happen.
There are others from friends, family and loved ones, from those who worked alongside Bev and Don at Prince County Hospital.
Then, there are those from people who are sympathetic to Enman’s plight — that of slowly losing the parents he has known and loved to a disease that robs them of their memories and, eventually, will take them from their family.
It’s story that has touched so many and the response, the overwhelming show of support and love, is a true testament to the good in humanity and the desire for each one of us, when we can, to help brighten the day of a fellow human.
It is that kindness that truly reflects on the true meaning of the holiday season.
Together, people can help make a miracle happen.