How the Internet Saved Christmas
[Editor's Note: We just heard from Dana, the writer of this post. She said: A big thank you to you for sharing the news of Jaden's Christmas wish. I received news today that Baby Einstein will release the toy that they have to the family...the story is below. Baby Einstein was inundated with requests to do so, and I know that this story being shared on BlogHer truly helped. Thank you for sharing, BlogHers!]
[Updated: Since starting this search, we received an amazing note from Julie Clark, the founder of Baby Einstein. This item was purchased by Julie in 1997 from Spencer gifts and used in the Baby Einstein videos. During the sale to Disney, this item would have been destroyed. The search now would be for someone who purchased this item from Spencer Gifts, as opposed to Baby Einstein. I have been in touch with Spencer Gifts via Facebook, and they have said that they will email the request out to their team. We appreciate any help that you can continue to give this search. It may be a long shot, but it is Christmas ... anything can happen, RIGHT?! We can all be a little bit of Santa and make a wish come true! ]
Right now, we are all trying to find the best gift for our children for the holidays. The gift that will make them smile, the one that will light up their face, and the one that they will talk about going forward.
Last week on the Facebook page for the moms in our town, I saw this post:
A friend's autistic son has one thing that he wants for Christmas, and the toy is discontinued! She has tried Ebay and Craigslist with no luck. I am sure that she would buy a used toy at this point. If anyone has this toy and is willing to sell OR if you have any ideas where this toy can be purchased, please let me know. It is from Baby Einstein/Baby Mozart and it's called an orbiter. Thanks!
This has bugged me immensely since seeing the post ... I posted it on my blog's FaceBook page, a parenting network at my work, and searched to the end of the internet. This mom wants to make her son's Christmas perfect, and she can't. Last night, I received an e-mail from an MMB reader. She said "Did you have any luck from your MMB Facebook page post? I know the boy, and he needs the gift."
Game on ... we have to find this item. It is probably siting in the back of someone's attic, not touched, yet will make one boy's Christmas. Please read the letter below which was written by the boy's mom. I beg of you to share this post on your Facebook page, email it to your friends, check out Craigslist in your area ... we can all be Santa this year and work to make one boy's dream come true.
If you find it ... please e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org and I promise, I will let the mom know immediately. I am happy to pay for the toy, as well as any shipping costs as well.
My son Jaden has both autism and dwarfism ... in a nut shell he has had it rough since birth.
During the first years of his life he was not able to really speak, faced several serious surgeries and certainly never requested any presents. It just seemed that no toy was of interest to him. However, he is always so happy.
Every birthday and Christmas we have asked for his wish, with no response. We would just try to get him things that were age appropriate and hope he would play and enjoy them.
This past month he has been learning to talk about Christmas and what it means at his special school and one morning he woke me up at 5:00 a.m. and in a full sentence, which has never been possible for him, said “Mommy, I want to go to the mall to see Santa to ask for planets that spin from Baby Mozart.”
I was in shock and my husband and I have been relentlessly trying to find this for him.
He loves to read about rockets and the solar system, so I was shocked that he would remember this specific toy from a video that he has not seen in years.
Due to his autism he has a phenomenal memory and now that he is finally speaking at 7 years old this is the one thing he asks for by name. Although I have tried the manufacturer, Rabbit Tanaka Corp of Texas, and the Baby Einstein company they are not able to help as the mold to re-run the toy have been destroyed. At this point I am just trying to find a person with a used one who would be willing to sell it.
I have tried to find a new or used Mini-Orbiter on all sites. I have even shown him other types of solar systems but he says “No, that’s not it, I need the one from Baby Einstein.”
This past Sunday we took Jaden to meet Santa and he actually spoke to him and made this request in person. I don’t want to see disappointment in his face if he does not receive this even though we know that may be the case ...
Whatever you are able to do to help me locate this item so that I may purchase it for my son would be greatly appreciated. I look forward to hearing from you.
The more people I can reach who might have this, the better his odds are of having his Christmas wish come true.