6-Year-Old Autistic Boy Will Only Eat One Thing, Something Amazing Happens

Parents ask for help with limited-edition food, strangers step in
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 20, 2017 7:13 PM CST
6-Year-Old Autistic Boy Will Only Eat One Thing, Something Amazing Happens
Everett's dad shared this photo on social media.   (Facebook)

Everett Botwright is on the autism spectrum, and food is one of the 6-year-old's "key issues," his parents say. Lately, one of the only foods he would eat was a Star Wars-themed pasta dinner made by Kraft—and when his parents realized it was a limited edition and had trouble re-stocking their cupboards, the British Columbia couple put out a call on social media asking if anyone could help them track more boxes down. Little did they know their plea would go viral, the Toronto Star reports. Even William Shatner got in on the action, tweeting at Kraft, "can you possibly help?" with an explanation of what the family needed, CTV reports.

The result? More than 500 boxes have been given to the family over the past week. Real Canadian Superstores shipped 411 of the boxes, but individuals have sent some too, many people including special messages with the pasta dinners. The family has also heard from others whose children have similar struggles and who have offered advice and encouragement, says Everett's dad, who calls the experience "magical." And when the Star Wars dinners inevitably run out again? Everett has said he might agree to try other versions of the pasta dinner. (More uplifting news stories.)

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