Imagine being the only kid in your school. Now imagine being the only kid in your community, or town. Now imagine being the only kid on an entire island. That's what life is like for a 10-year-old boy named Aron Anderson.
As the only school-aged kid living on the island of Out Skerries, Anderson gets pretty lonely. Out Skerries is part of a small group of islands off Scotland, and has a population of about 75 people. It's small and isolated, and for Anderson there aren't any friends to play with. In fact, the boy's best friends consist of his teachers, his dog, plus a few ducks and some sheep on the island.
It wasn't until recently that Aron became the only student in his school. Previously, Aron's brothers Ivan and Owen also attended the school, as well as his friends Ethan and Scott Arthur. But, these boys have all moved on to secondary school, two hours away, in Lerwick.
Anderson's story was made public when he was featured in an article in The Telegraph, which labeled him as the "loneliest boy" and explained this would be his first winter alone on the island.
The article was discovered by a reddit moderator, known by the name BesottedScot. After reading Anderson's story, BesottedScot launched a subreddit to do something kind for the boy. "We should do something to make him feel less lonely, let him know that he has friends," BesottedScot posted. "I thought it would be very nice if we as a subreddit sent him some Christmas cards."
And that's what happened. In response, people from around the world are now preparing to send holiday greetings to the young boy in Out Skerries. But, BesottedScot hopes the outpour will still be a surprise. "Do not send your cards until next Monday, December 7th," the moderator instructs. "If we send them all at the same time, they'll get there around the same time and before Christmas."
All that's left now is to warn the postman. It's likely that this will be the most mail ever delivered to that tiny island.
It's always nice to hear positive stories during the holidays. If you would like to send Aron Anderson a Christmas card, you can find more information on how to reach him via the original subreddit post.