A dad’s plea after they ran out of the only food his son who has autism will eat has been answered in the best way.
Reed Botwright took to Facebook sharing a photo of his son holding a box of Star Wars Mac and Cheese asking for assistance.
“Okay, this is a bit of a call for help,” he began. "As many of you know, this cutey here, Everett, is a truly unique little dude. He's on the autism spectrum and one of his quirks revolves around food."
He added: “He doesn't eat much, if anything, at all. It's a struggle to get him his essential nutrients, and unlike most kids, no amount of "tough love" or "no treats until you eat your veggies" will work to coerce him to expand his diet.”
Thanks to “the power of marketing” Everett was drawn to the Star Wars Mac and Cheese.
“Now, it's never a slam dunk once he's found something as to whether or not he will actually eat it. But he loves this stuff! But here's the rub: we bought a ton of this, all we could find, at the local Walmart," he said.
“This is where we need your help. Do you know where we can find more? We're desperate! See it in a store? Tell us, and we'll go there! Have some left over? Send it to us, we'll pay! Know someone who works at the Kraft factory? Don't do anything illegal, but if a box just happens to fall off of a truck, I know a redhead who would be very happy…”
Since sharing, the family has received hundreds of boxes of the stuff.
In an update on Facebook, Botwright said: “We have more than enough Star Wars Kraft Dinner to last Everett until he goes to college!
“Real Canadian Superstore was able to track down over 400 boxes for us, and Kraft Canada - what's cooking has another 12 cases (144 boxes) on their way! Thank you everyone who sent boxes, well-wishes, suggestions and their love! You are all so amazing!”
Speaking to The Star, the father-of-four said the support has been amazing.
“They’re giving some us advice, some tips and encouragement, just saying, you know, ‘We were in exactly in the same position as you five years ago and things are just so much better now because we worked at it and it got better."