All it took was one viral post from Reddit to convince a toy truck company to find a way to bring back a retired model just to make one man’s holiday that much more special.
Cassie Gretschel, 20, and her parents have the same worry every year: will they be able to find her little brother’s favorite Tonka toy truck? Cassie’s 25-year-old brother Max is mentally and physically disabled and for the past 17 years there is only one toy he will play with: the Tonka Police Hummer truck, according to Buzzfeed News.
So, Cassie took to Reddit to see what she could find. It didn’t take long for the internet to deliver in a big way.
Several users offered to purchase versions of the toy they found on eBay or other places, but Cassie was looking for a particular color. That’s where Tonka came into play.
After many Reddit users noticed the viral post, they contacted the company to see if there was anything they could do to make sure Max’s Christmas was complete.
Tonka took to Facebook and announced this week that they have a solution.
“**UPDATE** Thank you all so much for your help! We have been able to contact the author and are making arrangements!
Thank you so much for reaching out to us regarding this extremely touching story. We have currently taken steps to reach out and try to get contact info and an address. As of now, we have not heard back, but you can help by having them contact SocialMedia@Funrise.com! We have received your outpouring of messages (and thank you) but we still need to reach the author!!
This is the exact reason we do what we do. We love hearing stories like this and we will do everything in our power to help. We currently have our team searching through our warehouse archives in the US and China for the 2000 Fire Rescue Hummer. We hope to be able to send them as many as we can find as well as a giant Tonka care package. Giving is the true spirit of Christmas, and we would not be where we are today without our fans and customers. We live to give back whenever we have the opportunity to do so. This story touches our hearts and we hope to make this special fan’s Christmas extra special!”
The truck was originally made in 2000 but the company said it would search the archives to find the truck and send it to Max.
Hopefully Max, who was born with Cerebral Palsy and scoliosis, will have the toy that his family says has levers that are “handicapped friendly.”