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Before dying, elderly man buys gifts for the next 14 years for 2-year-old neighbor

The heartwarming holiday story has gone viral on Twitter.
Photo: Owen Williams

Twitter user Owen Williams' tale of an inspiring holiday deed has warmed hearts across the internet, a week before Christmas.

In a post Monday, he wrote about an elderly neighbor, Ken, who, before his passing, bought Christmas presents for Williams' 2-year-old daughter-- enough for the next 14 years.

Williams said Ken's daughter visited to bestow the gifts shortly after his passing.

In a Twitter thread, Williams described Ken as a former salvage diver, seaman, carpenter, baker and accordion-player who planned to live to age 100. He also shared fond memories of his neighbor, like when Williams' dog met him for the first time:

After polling Twitter, Williams opened one of the gifts from Ken out of curiosity. It turned out to be the book "Christmas Eve at the Mellops'."

Read the full story on Twitter here: