A family in the central Newfoundland town of Springdale says their son has received an "overwhelming" amount of mail from all corners of the globe thanks to the generosity of "so many angels."

Andrew Jacobs Reid, 24, has severe autism. His mother, Trina Reid, said getting mail always puts a smile on his face.

So, when a birthday parcel due to arrive last summer never showed, he was pretty upset. But Reid said she was quick to take action, asking a few of her social media friends to send him cards.

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Just a small sampling of the mail that's been piling up at the Reid family home. (CBC)

"I put a note on Facebook for my friends, and asked if they would drop off a card in the mail for him to cheer him up, and it just went viral. All over the world — he's had stuff come from everywhere," she said.

"He got stuff from Denmark and England, Australia. It's coming from everywhere. There's packages coming from Asia, Antarctica — everywhere. It's worldwide now."

The family heads to the post office every day, heading home with such a big haul they spend two or three hours a day just opening letters and parcels.

Stuff from Pasadena, N.L., to Qatar, and everywhere in between has shown up in their mailbox — more than 1,000 pieces of mail in all.

"It's amazing. It's overwhelming when you walk in [to the post office]. When we went in the first time and his mailbox was full, and there was a cart there to go inside and they brought out all this, I was just floored, flabbergasted," Reid said.

"I couldn't believe it that there's so many angels, that's what I'll call 'em, there's so many angels that want to help put a smile on his face."