A lonely elderly man in Germany thought he may have a miserable Christmas this year so decided to do something about it - and the response was remarkable.
German newspaper Stuttgarter Nachrichten said the widower wrote out an advertisement to place on the advertising board at a local shop.
It read: "Where can a lonely pensioner and widower find a place in a small group for Christmas," according to The Local.
But his advert spread wider as a woman took a photo of the note and posted it on Facebook, leading to it being shared almost 6,000 times.
Lisa, a 27-year-old civil servant, then received responses from hundreds of people inviting the man to join them for Christmas Day.
The woman said: "I never expected that there would be so many [responses]. After a certain point, I couldn’t keep up with it anymore.”
She also explained that the reason she posted it online was because she feared it wouldn't be spotted by the public as not many people take a look at the noticeboards.
Lisa added that the widower was "touched" when he heard about how many responses he'd had, but has not made a decision on where he will go for Christmas yet as it is still a month away.
The note has now also been removed by the shop due to so much interest.