On Thanksgiving eve, a Pennsylvania news station aired its “Talkback 16” segment, in which local viewers can call in with comments and requests.
One of these callers was Carl Braun, a 60-year-old disabled veteran who lives in Archbald, Pennsylvania.
Carl explained that ever since his mother passed away decades ago, his life has been very lonely and isolated.
For the past 15 years, Carl has spent each and every birthday and holiday season all by himself. No friends, no family, no special plans. He couldn’t remember the last time he had a fun Thanksgiving filled with good food and that warm, cozy feeling.
So this time around, Carl took a chance and proclaimed his one simple request. He didn’t know who, if anyone, would listen.
“I don’t want no food,” Carl said. “How about some friends? Fifteen years, I haven’t had anybody to spend Thanksgiving with, my birthday, Christmas, New Year’s. It’s getting boring as hell, but I love what you’re doing to help other people.”
He never expected in his wildest dreams what happened once the station posted about Carl’s message on social media. It’s what the holiday season is all about.