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So many people shared the post that it eventually reached Flores-Gonzalez.
“When we found out someone actually found Luna’s balloon, we were just in shock,” Flores-Gonzalez said. “We couldn’t believe how kind people were; we were overwhelmed with love. That’s what really mattered.”
Flores-Gonzalez received requests to share Gianella’s list, as well. After she did, both girls began receiving gifts from Bamburg’s family, friends, co-workers and even old schoolmates.
Alvin Bamburg and Ann Leopard Bamburg with twins Luna and Gianella Gonzalez and their new puppy Max. (CNN)
Finally, in mid-April, after months of communication, the Bamburgs drove six hours to meet Flores-Gonzalez and the twins, and give them one last present.
“We had texted, talked, and FaceTimed before we even met, and it was clear we had a connection,” Bamburg said. “When we met, it was just like meeting family.”
During the meeting, Bamburg presented the girls with a dachshund puppy, fulfilling Luna’s Christmas wish list. The girls were overjoyed and quickly named it Max.
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Together, the families shared a meal, where they laughed and bonded over shared values.
“To us, it isn’t the amount of gifts or the value that the girls are receiving,” Flores-Gonzalez said.
“It’s the love they received. It meant the world to us we see their smiles, and the lifelong friendship we have made with Alvin and his wife.”
Luna and Gianella with their puppy, Max. (CNN)
When it came time to say goodbye, both families agreed to meet again. In fact, they’ve already scheduled their next reunion for the end of May.
Until then, Bamburg hopes his story will inspire others to take a break from their busy lives and find a way to make someone else’s day a little bit brighter.