World's 'loneliest schoolboy' to receive hundreds of cards from Redditors

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If you've never heard of the small island of Out Skerries, you're not alone. The tiny Shetland isle, 386 miles north of Edinburgh, Scotland, has a wee population of 70 people.

And out of those 70 people, there is only one school-aged child. Meet Aron Anderson, Skerries Community School's sole pupil.

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The Telegraph reports that until recently, Aron had a number of classmates, including his brothers Ivan, 13, and Owen, 16, and his friends Ethan, 12 and Scott Arthur, 16. However, they have since left for secondary school on nearby Lerwick, a two-and-a-half hour boat ride away, returning only at weekends and for holidays, leaving Aron as the primary school's only student

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10-year-old Aron, who wants to be a fisherman like his father Ewan, 43, when he grows up, admitted that even he finds his new predicament strange on occasion. Aron's mother Denise, who is unsurprisingly the head of the parent-teacher council, is concerned about her son's "first winter as the only pupil."

After Reddit moderator BesottedScot learned that Aron's best friends are his dog, some ducks, and flocks of sheep, he decided to rally the online community to send Aron Christmas cards and show him that while he may be alone at school, the rest of the world is thinking about him.

"We have 20,000 subscribers on here," said the moderator, "and if even 1% of you send a card that's 200 cards to a lonely boy to cheer his Christmas right up."

Based on Reddit's successful past campaigns to help children in need -- like the time that 300 Redditors showed up to a 10-year-old's birthday party because him mom posted that she was afraid no one would show up -- we have every reason to expect that Aron will be having a very merry Christmas, indeed.

If Aron's story has you feeling the Christmas Spirit, here's how you can join in with the 20,000 Redditors who have signed up to send him a card or gift!



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