A four-year-old boy managed to purchase more than $2,600 worth of SpongeBob SquarePants popsicles on Amazon – leaving his mother, a social work student, in a massive bind over how to pay for them. Noah Bryant, a big fan of the cartoon sponge, had 51 cases with 918 popsicles delivered to his aunt’s home.
While the Brooklyn boy’s skill was remarkable, his mother, Jennifer Bryant, simply could not afford the $2,618.85 order given she is a student at New York University and a mother of three.
Unfortunately for the family, Amazon would not take the popsicles back. Luckily, many people sympathized and donated to a GoFundMe account that Katie Schloss, Jennifer’s colleague at NYU’s Silver School of Social Work, launched on Monday.
Schloss found out about Jennifer’s situation on the university’s Master of Social Work Facebook page and texted the mother to see if she could contribute some money through Venmo. Jennifer then asked if Schloss could help start a GoFundMe page for her.
‘Ms Bryant, mom to 3 boys, doesn’t know how she’s going to be able to pay this off, in addition to student loans and all of her family’s other expenses,’ Schloss wrote on the page. ‘All donations make a difference, so let’s work together and help Jenny out!’
In a mere 24 hours, the GoFundMe account had recovered the full amount of Noah’s order.
‘As a parent to a child living with ASD (Autism Spectrum Disorder), all additional donations will go towards Noah’s education and additional supports,’ Jennifer wrote in an update on the GoFundMe page on Tuesday. ‘We cannot thank you enough. Truly.’
By Friday afternoon, the account had raised more than $12,300.
Noah’s accidental order turned out to be a blessing in disguise. Still, it is an accident his mother probably does not want him to repeat.
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