WWII veteran wants 100 cards for his 100th birthday
Ike Fabela celebrates his 100th birthday on 6 June.
WWII veteran Isaac “Ike” Fabela had one wish for his 100th birthday on 6 June: receive 100 cards of people in the whole country. The Michigan man’s request was granted and then some, his daughter said. As of Wednesday morning, Fabela has received more than 50,000 cards and packages.
“A big heartfelt thank you no thank you,” Lolie, one of Fabela eight daughters, told Fox News through tears. “I wish that I could show everyone how thankful and gracious we are — he is so humiliated by all this.”
So far, Fabela has received of 55,000 cards, Lolie said. But that number is expected to climb: the Montrose, Michigan family has joined forces to travel to the post office every day, where they load the back of their cars with thousands of cards and packages from well-wishers across the country. Together, they open and read each card or letter that comes through.
One of the family’s cards loaded with cards and letters from people across the country. Ike Fabela has received 55,000 so far.
“It is impossible not to be able to read,” she said.
“He does a lot of crying,” Lolie said of her father’s reaction. “He can’t believe what some of these people have written.”
Fabela has received letters from various concentration camp survivors, in which stories of survival and to thank Fabela and his colleagues for the salvation of their abhorrent conditions, about 80 years ago.
“If it weren’t for you I would not be here,” a lot of the cards and letters have read, Lolie said.
Ike Fabela, a second world WAR veteran, turned 100 on June 6.
“Many of them have said in their cards, ‘We have something in common — we are both from Michigan,’ or ‘You had my grandparents,'” Lolie said. “They all have something to do.”
A young girl in Jamaica also wanted Fabela, a “happy birthday”, while the military and law enforcement officials have sent Fabela their medals, flags and even badges.
In exchange Lolie said Fabela would like to personally thank each and every person who turned to him. But the performance would be nearly impossible.
“That is the kind of man he is,” Lolie said her father.
Instead, his family plans to make a video of Fabela on his Facebook page to thank all those who have wished him well.
Ike Fabela’s daughter, Lolie, said the family drives to the post office almost every day to pick up the thousands of cards and letters that come through.
Fabela will remain of his 100th birthday, and the greater Montrose community on Saturday. A local motorcycle group is planning to line the streets, while others wave flags as Fabela heads in the city.
“Some days, we have to walk away from this because our emotions are so up and down,” Lolie said of herself and her family. “It’s crazy, but good crazy. It makes you realize that there still are people who care.”
Madeline Farber is a Reporter for Fox News. You can follow her on Twitter @MaddieFarberUDK.