Have you ever ordered something by accident? Or ordered more than one of the same thing and was surprised when you received the package? Well, four-year-old Noah from Brooklyn’s mother got the surprise of his life when she discovered that her son has purchased 51 cases of SpongeBob SquarePants popsicles on Amazon.
Was this really a mistake, Noah? Or a really clever way to get those popsicles?
Well, the popsicles—over 900 of them—cost a whopping $2,618.85. And who has that money around for popsicles? I certainly don’t. And Noah’s mother Jennifer Bryant did not either. Amazon won’t take the packages back, so Jennifer posted on a Facebook page for fellow New York University students asking for help.
Katie Schloss, a classmate of Bryant’s at NYU’s Silver School of Social Work, saw the post and wanted to lend a helping hand. She set up a GoFundMe account and asked for donations on Instagram, sharing a sweet photo of Noah smiling while eating one of the popsicles.
Bryant, a mom of three, tried to sell the popsicles, but they were already melting because who has an industrial-size freezer in their home? But Bryant soon found relief when she saw that, thanks to the fundraiser Schloss put together, the cost of the popsicles had been paid. In four days, more than $10,000 had been raised by over 400 people.
Bryant updated the GoFundMe account, thanking everyone who chipped in to help and explaining where the money would go: “As a parent to a child living with ASD (autism spectrum disorder), all additional donations will go towards Noah’s education and additional supports. We cannot thank you enough. Truly.”
Amazon became aware of the whole situation and said it had been in touch with the Bryant family and also will be donating the cost of the 900 ice pops to a local charity of the family’s choosing.
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