Christmas can be a lonely time of year for many people living away from their friends and family. One schoolboy in Great Britain knows this loneliness all too well. At 10 years old, Aron Anderson is the only student in the local elementary school on the remote island of Scotland's Out Skerries. In fact, Anderson is the only school-aged child on the entire island. That makes for some lonely games of tag on the playground.
Anderson wasn't always the "loneliest boy in Britain," as he has been dubbed by British media. Before this school year, Anderson's brothers Ivan, 13, and Owen, 16, along with friends Ethan, 12, and Scott Arthur, 16, also attended Skerries Community School. But the shuttering of the local secondary school means that these kids now have to attend a school that is two and a half hours away by boat, returning to the island only on weekends and holidays and only if the weather permits.
Next year, Anderson will rejoin his friends and brothers when he too heads off to secondary school, but for now, he is on his own on Out Skerries.
"This is going to be his first winter as the only pupil so it’s hard to tell how it will be for him," Anderson's mother Denise told The Telegraph.
When Reddit user BesottedScot found out about Anderson's situation, he decided to organize a little something to spread some holiday cheer to Britain's loneliest boy. He started an international card drive that he is hoping will put a "big massive smile on [Aron's] face.” And at the rate this story is going viral, it's likely to do just that.
Don't worry, BesottedScot called Anderson's school to warn them about the coming onslaught. And he has a few rules that he'd like folks to abide by to keep things from becoming a nuisance. For example, if you live outside Scotland, send a postcard so he can see where you're from.
If you'd like to join in on wishing Britain's loneliest boy a wonderful holiday season, here's where you can send your card:Mr. Aron Anderson
c/o Skerries School
He may not have any friends on the island to play with, but Anderson is about to get more international friends than he could have ever dreamed. He'll probably still be opening and reading cards when he heads off to secondary school next year!