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A Dying Neighbor’s Christmas Gift to a Toddler Is Unbelievable

He got her an extra 14 years' worth of presents.

Owen Williams

Around the holidays, there’s always a few magical stories that restore everyone’s faith in humanity and melts the coldest heart. This is one of those stories. In Barry, Wales, a father named Owen Williams discovered that his elderly neighbor, who had just passed away, had bought 14 years worth of presents in advance for Williams’s daughter, Cadi. Those presents were delivered by the man’s daughter to Williams’s door. 

The neighbor, Ken, was 83 years old when the Williams family moved in two years ago and bonded quickly with his new neighbors. He even won the family dog over with some treats. Ken was a very unique gentleman with a life that sounds like it’s from a children’s book. He was a salvage marine diver, an engineer, a sailor, a carpenter and a baker. Williams first met Ken when was bouncing up-and-down on a 20-foot-tall ladder in front of his house.

“It was like a Mary Poppins’ bag, the presents kept coming,” Williams told CNN. “It’s an actually unbelievable Christmas story.”

Ken definitely seemed like he was similar to Mary Poppins, but he was better. He was a real human being and acted as a Santa Claus for Cadi. “He always told us he’d live till he was 100-years-old, so these gifts would have taken him up to our little girl’s 16th Christmas.” Williams wrote in a Twitter thread, which later went viral.

The Williams family opened one of the presents and discovered that it was a children’s book called Christmas Eve at the Mellops by Tomi Ungerer. Ungerer reportedly found out about this gesture, according to Williams, and was touched by the story and asked to sign the book. 

“My wife and I think it might make a nice Christmas tradition to give our daughter ‘a present from Ken’ for the next 14 years.” Williams wrote. “Issue is, we really have to open them now. Nobody wants to give a fifteen-year-old Duplo!”

Williams put up a Twitter poll asking people if he and his wife should open all of the presents or keep them a surprise. The majority of people who voted in the poll suggested to keep them wrapped, so Cadi learns that it’s the sentiment behind the gifts that matter.