On Sunday, B.C. dad Reed Botwright made a Facebook callout asking for help to find “Star Wars”-branded Kraft Dinner for his son with autism. To his surprise, “Star Trek” actor William Shatner answered the call.
Tweeting at Kraft Foods, Shatner wrote: “Can you possibly help? Even if you still have just the shaped macaroni they can use current product for cheese sauce.”
— William Shatner (@WilliamShatner) February 15, 2017
Botwright needed help finding this specific brand of Kraft Dinner because his six-year-old son, Everett, is very selective about what he eats.
“He's on the autism spectrum and one of his quirks revolves around food. He doesn't eat much, if anything, at all,” the dad explained on Facebook. “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.”
That’s why Botwright and his wife were thrilled when Everett took a liking to the “Star Wars”-branded Kraft Dinner, which features noodles shaped like characters from the feature films.
The only problem is that this type of Kraft Dinner is limited-edition, and the Facebook photo the dad posted was of Everett holding the last box they could find in their hometown, Nanaimo, B.C.
That’s why Shatner’s simple tweet was so heartwarming for the dad, and many others.
— Reed Botwright (@reedbotwright) February 15, 2017
— Stacey Pattison (@_luckyxiii) February 15, 2017
— Jeff Heer (@HeerJeff) February 15, 2017
Since then, many others have also taken to social media to support the family’s search. Many have even offered to send the Botwrights their own boxes of “Star Wars” Kraft Dinner.
— Kristine ❀♡❀♡ (@KristineAz) February 15, 2017
— Earle C (@earlydurrrly) February 15, 2017
— sandra christenson (@SandrachSandra) February 15, 2017
“It feels like there's going to be an avalanche, the amount of people who have said, ‘I've found an entire flat in Burnaby and I want to send them all to you,’” Botwright told CBC. “I think I'm going to need a storage locker.”
This is the second social media campaign we’ve seen for a boy with autism. Back in November, U.K. dad Marc Carter asked the Internet for help to find a blue, two-handled Tommee Tippee cup for his 14-year-old son with autism after the teen refused to drink from anything else.
Similar to Botwright’s plea, Carter received an overwhelming response.
Clearly the Internet is a powerful thing.