A Desperate Call to 911 and a Bunch of Red Balloons Change a Little Boy’s Life Forever

For any young child who has had to experience losing a parent, it’s truly heartbreaking.

A short film shared online is moving people to tears with its heartwarming message. Based on a true story, the nine-minute film When Red Balloons Fly is an ode to love, loss, and the power of human kindness.

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Released by Kingston Technology on Oct. 16, 2015, the touching movie has over 7.3 million views on YouTube and counting.

It all begins with a 5-year-old named Jerry. His father tells him that his mother has “gone to heaven,” but Jerry is hurt that his mom hasn’t come back from this mysterious faraway place to visit him. Desperate, the little boy dials 911.

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A weary police officer, looking toward retirement after 35 years in the service, picks up the phone with a sigh. Thinking it’s a prank call, Officer Tommy Lee chastizes the small boy, but then he hears Jerry’s voice and realizes that the call is genuine.

Officer Lee listens, his face crumpled with concern. He asks the little boy what his mom looks like. “She has many colors of head scarves,” the little boy replies. “She always wears them when she goes out.”

“They were so beautiful,” Jerry adds. “I miss her so much.”

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Officer Lee intuits that Jerry’s mother has passed away and he wants to help the distressed little boy. So, first, he asks Jerry to go find a mirror.

“Then?” Jerry asks, frustrated. “Look in the mirror,” Officer Lee instructs. “Do you think you have your mom’s eyes or your dad’s nose? Their traits are passed on and live within you.”

However, little Jerry doesn’t agree to what Officer Lee says, but the officer is not deterred.

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Rooting through his arsenal of practical ideas, Officer Lee’s next suggestion is a kind stroke of genius. The officer remains unaware, but what he says next will transform Jerry’s childhood completely.

“When your father takes you out, have him buy you a red balloon,” Officer Lee says. “Write down what you want to say to your mom on a card, attach it to the balloon, and she will get it somewhere in heaven.”

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The 5-year-old remains incredulous, but he’s intrigued. On the next outing with his father, Jerry asks him whether he can have some red balloons from a vendor in the park. Dad, heartbroken and looking for any way to comfort his hurting son, obliges.

Jerry sits at home with cards and crayons, crafting heartfelt messages for his mom in heaven. Message one is heartbreaking; it reads, quite simply, “pain.”

Message two reads: “I miss you.”

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Having sent two red balloons up into the sky and received no response in return from his mom, a worried Jerry calls Officer Lee.

“Your mom’s probably traveling,” Officer Lee consoles. “Just keep writing what you want to tell her.” After the call, Officer Lee comes up with an idea. He sends his entire department round to the little boy’s house in their patrol vehicles, laden with red balloons.

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“[Your mom] asked us to let you know how deeply she loves you,” Officer Lee tells the little boy. “Don’t stop writing to your mom,” he says. “She always cares about you and always wants to know how you’re doing.”

From that day forward, Jerry’s messages to his mom change completely. Long gone are the heartbreaking pictures and emotional sentiments. Instead, four sweet words prevail: “I love you Mommy.”

Watch the video:

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When Red Balloons Fly is one of a trio of short films, “Memories Once More,” produced by California-based Kingston Technology, the world’s largest independent manufacturer of memory products.

Memories, like those belonging to Jerry of his late mother, are precious. So is helping to preserve them.

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Author: Louise Bevan