Thousands respond to mom's online keychain request for son's birthday

Posted at 8:02 AM, Jun 15, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-16 07:27:52-04

Last month, a mom in Australia took to Facebook asking for keychains to help make her son's wish come true for his 16th birthday and the internet responded in a massive way.

Lorraine MacKay posted that her son Jacob, who lives with Asperger's syndrome, wanted to break the world record for keyrings and keychains for his birthday on September 26.

The current record sits at 62,257.

"He is key ring obsessed and one day would like to break the world record for keyrings and key chains (Only 62,200 to go 🤦🏼‍♀️)," MacKay wrote on May 28. "I know it’s a few months away but I would like to surprise him with as many as I can. If you would like to send him a key ring from wherever you are in the world would be amazing."

The internet did what it does best — spread the word far and wide. The post was shared more than 7,000 times, a separate Facebook group for "Jacob’s 16th Birthday keyring quest" was created and it was shared on Reddit.

Packages started pouring in. MacKay said she was "overwhelmed with all the amazing support."

According to MacKay, Jacob's collection started with 57. As of Sunday morning, she said the collection surpassed 1,000.

If you would like to add to Jacob's collection, the address is below.

Jacob Mackay
P.O. Box 1675
4215 Qld