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Opening mail is such a simple thing, but for this 11-year-old Canadian boy living with autism, getting something delivered via post is the highlight of his day. So this has to pretty much be his coolest birthday ever.

It all started last month, when Kristian Hayes’ older sister Kaitlyn shared a photo on Facebook requesting strangers help her surprise her younger brother by sending him letters for his upcoming birthday on Sept. 2.

11781751_10153525958132744_5325839890297852573_nHer goal? To get roughly 50 letters sent to the Nova Scotia P.O. box. By Kristian’s birthday, however, more than 4,000 greetings had been sent from places like Australia, the U.K., France and of course, Canada. Seems like there’s still plenty of heart left in this world after all.

So why letters? According to interviews with Kristian’s mom and sister Kaitlyn in the video above, Kristian just really loves letters and stamps. But every day when he asked if there was any mail for him, the answer was no.

“I just thought it would be nice for him to get some mail,” Kaitlyn says in the video.

“It’s my best birthday ever,” Kristian adds. “When can I do it again?”

This makes his next birthday pretty hard to top.

Check out the heartwarming video for yourself, above.