Two weeks ago nearly the entire city of Port Clinton, Ohio showed up to give Devin Kohlman an early Christmas.
It was just in time.
Devin Kohlman died Monday afternoon after a short but brave battle with brain cancer.
When it became clear there was nothing more to be done, Devin wanted to go home and experience just one more Christmas.
The city made that happen in a big way.
The park outside his room was decorated with a giant Christmas tree, snow, a motorcycle-riding Santa Claus and hundreds of friends singing Christmas carols.
Devin’s smile grew even wider when he saw the huge "Merry Christmas, Devin" sign.
A family friend said everyone was so grateful for all the work because "it brought him a sense of joy to know so many people cared."
Devin’s mother Alexis Kohlman added "he had the gift of being able to see how much everyone loved him."
Thousands of cards and well wishes from all over the United States as well as France, Australia, Russia and many other nations are still in Devin’s room.
"We read as many of the cards as we could to him," his mother tearfully said. "He's reminded everybody all over the world of what's important and that's love."