Annapolis Valley woman living with autism has special birthday request - mail

Nine years ago, Kelly Ross received 700 birthday cards. Can she beat it?

Jennifer Vardy Little jlittle@kingscountynews.ca
Published on June 15, 2016

Kelly Ross will be turning 30 soon, and the Port Williams woman is hoping people will help brighten her day with cards.

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PORT WILLIAMS NS. - Kelly Messom Ross loves birthdays and she’s hoping people from around the globe will help make her big day special.

The Port Williams woman will be turning 30 on June 26. She’s asking people to send her birthday cards. A similar request for her 21st birthday netted her more than 700 cards.

Read the 2007 story on Ross' request.

“I think it would be kind of cool to beat that,” said Ross.

“I think 30 is kind of a big deal. I’ve had quiet birthdays for the last little bit and I’m not having a big party this year, but I’m hoping people will help me celebrate.”

Shortly after her 21st birthday, Ross was diagnosed with autism.

“I’m happy to say I’ve overcome a lot since then,” she says.

An avid volunteer that particularly enjoys helping a local autism group and pet-related charities, a big part of Ross’ day features a walk to the Port Williams post office, often accompanied by her dogs.

“I love going to the mailbox, I walk up there every day. It really makes me happy whenever I get something, that someone took the time out of their day to think of you,” she said. “I’ve always been interested in geography and I love seeing all the stamps.”

Ross isn’t planning to have a birthday party this year but is hoping the county – and beyond – will help her celebrate by sending her a card.

“I love mail, stamps, birthday cards and postcards,” she said. “Having penpals is my big hobby and I love to go to the post office. I know it's not a lot of notice but I'm hoping to have a special birthday this year with lots of love in my mailbox.”

Cards can be mailed to Kelly Ross, P.O. Box 126, Port Williams, Nova Scotia, B0P 1T0, Canada.