The highlight of Brenton Schwetlik’s day was always going down to the post office, to the point that it has become something of a routine over the last five years.

But when COVID-19 swept through SA, Brenton’s local post office began closing early, meaning he couldn’t get to the post office each day.

With his 33rd birthday coming up, Brenton’s sister Tanya posted a callout on Reddit asking if a few people could send Brenton a card or letter.

“My brother Brenton is severely intellectually disabled and has had a hard year … I was hoping the people might consider sending him a birthday card,” Tanya wrote on the Adelaide subreddit.

What followed was a heartwarming display of both people from Adelaide and around the world sending Brenton their letters, cards and gifts.

Jodie and Soda caught up with Brenton’s mother Libby who told them about just how many letters he has received.

“So far, we’ve probably gone through a hundred and fifty and there’s probably another two thousand sitting there in a bag,”


Libby told Jodie and Soda that she had been overwhelmed by “the outpouring of kindness” shown by people.

Hear the full chat with Brenton’s mum here:

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