It was a heartbreaking plea from a young mum - and it touched people around the world.
Bronagh Burke lost her 29-year-old husband Thomas after he suffered a heart attack at their Londonderry home in April.
Yesterday her twins turned four and, in an appeal through this newspaper, Bronagh had asked people to help make it a special day.
She was stunned by the response for little Adam and Aoife, receiving 3,000 cards, a holiday and even a new car.
Bronagh said she was "proud and honoured" to see how the people of Derry and beyond embraced her twins as they marked a special yet heartbreaking birthday - the first without their daddy.
She added it was a hugely emotional day for all.
"Adam and Aoife have been through so much pain and are still dealing with a lot," she said.
"They are on a journey, like I am. The likes of a small card means so much to them and if it makes them happy and gives them a smile on their face then my job is done."
Bronagh (29) was left heartbroken after her husband collapsed at their Culmore home on April 23 after returning from a cycle ride.
Despite her frantic attempts to save him Thomas, a keep-fit enthusiast, passed away.
At the start of this month Bronagh asked people to send her children a card for their fourth birthday.
Not only did Adam and Aoife receive an abundance of them, Republic of Ireland footballer James McClean bought them tickets to Disneyland Paris and YouTuber Adam B presented Bronagh with a new car.
Yesterday the Burke house was filled with balloons, cupcakes and bunting and their garden had a huge bouncy castle for the children to play on. Meanwhile, they set about reading the many birthday cards from around the world.
"We got 3,000. We opened some of them yesterday and this morning," said Bronagh.
"They are from as far away as Australia, Spain, Italy and China, but we are not even a quarter of the way through them.
"One German woman sent us two absolutely beautiful cushions with Thomas and the twins on them.
"We started off this morning with a good cry as we watched a video I had made that had our wedding footage in it and some of our journey. We opened some more cards and the rest of the day has been just hectic.
"We went through excruciating pain and still are. We are going through a lot of trauma. I just wanted to make Adam and Aoife's birthday so special this year as it was going to be the first without their daddy."
Bronagh said she never expected to receive so much goodwill from the public. She added: "A friend reached out to me a few weeks back with a plan to get as many birthday cards as we could for them. We put out the appeal.
"Within two days we got our first 100 cards and it's just been hundreds and hundreds of cards since. We started this on June 1 and this morning - within just 27 days - we had 3,000 cards to open."
Bronagh says she has been overwhelmed with the support.
Last week Adam B gave the twins a whole host of birthday gifts and presented a shocked and surprised Bronagh with the car.
"I was absolutely buzzing. I was speechless when he gave it to me, I think I still am, to be honest," she added.
Another startling gift for the twins was from Derry man McClean and his wife Erin, who had organised the trip to Disneyland Paris.
"That was amazing. James reached out to me a few weeks ago and said to me about Disneyland," she explained.
"I couldn't believe it. I was floored and I couldn't wait to say to the twins, but I left it until their birthday.
"Adam and Aoife are absolutely over the Moon, they have never been to Disneyland before. We are so very delighted.
"James and Adam B are both true gentlemen and I could never thank them enough."
Bronagh said the twins' birthday was an emotional day.
She added: "It has been all go since 8am this morning. We've had so many parcels and presents and balloons, cupcakes and everything. The whole of Derry just came together and me, Adam and Aoife didn't have to do anything.
"Everybody came together and looked after us in our darkest times. It has been powerful. It has lifted me so much. It has eased me a lot."
Bronagh said she thinks her husband would be so pleased, adding: "I think 'Burkey' would be beyond proud.
"I think he would be so honoured the way Derry and people throughout the world have acknowledged them."