assie Gretschel's brother is mentally and physically disabled. More than anything, he loves a specific Tonka truck. The truck has been discontinued. Each year Cassie has been able to find him one for Christmas, but not easily. She's scoured eBay and even tried to fabricate one herself. This year, she took her plea to social media and what happened next is amazing.
Cassie Gretschel took to Reddit in desperate search for a very specific toy truck.
She explains, “My brother, Max, is 25 years old and mentally about a 5 year old. He’s mentally and physically disabled and the only thing he wants for Christmas is a Blue Police Hummer truck, made in 2000.”
"Part of his Hummer convoy, decorated for their own Thanksgiving parade."
“All my brother is asking for Christmas is a blue Tonka Hummer truck. Which would be a lot easier if they weren’t produced in 2000. And if we hadn’t bought every other one on EBay for the last 17 years.”
"He plays with them for hours daily, so a lot of them have broken down and been used for parts over the years."
“This specific model has levers on the back to adjust the winch and to move it forwards and backwards. It’s also slow enough for him to keep up with.”
"He hates the rubber tires, so they come off immediately."
“It needs to have a metal hook. I’ve tried making him resin cast copies over the years, but he only likes the metal ones. I’ve tried painting the orange or red ones blue, but he can tell the difference. If anyone has one of these in their attics, please throw it on eBay!”
People were touched by her story and struggle to find the specific truck.
Her story was shared across social media channels. This isn’t the first time a search for a specific toy or security object has captivated people across social media. And it’s worked in the past. When enough people see it, the right person will see it. Someone somewhere has the much needed item.