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Mother of Maine boy, whose dying wish was to celebrate Christmas early, delivers his favorite animal to classmates

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PORTLAND, Maine -

The mother of a 9-year-old boy who lost his battle with cancer,  delivered penguins to his classmates in Maine.

Penguins were Jacob Thompson's favorite animal and to honor his memory, Jacob's mother Michelle, visited each and every class at his school to hand out stuffed penguins.

Jacob's story touched people far and wide when his dying wish went viral. He wanted to celebrate Christmas early and to receive cards in the mail.

Although, Jacob passed away on Sunday, cards and letters are still pouring in.

So far, more than 200,000 letters and 18,000 parcels have come in. 

His mother says Jacob would have wanted his friends and classmates to have penguins.

"It's amazing and I think one of the best things is that these kids will remember this and when they get older hopefully it's a memory that kind of encourages them to give back," Jacob's mom said. 

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