Michael Clyne has autism and rarely speaks. When the 10-year-old New York boy sat on Santa’s lap at a holiday event, his mother was shocked to hear her son speak to Santa, let alone ask for something specific. As soon as Michael saw Santa, he said, “Apple pie ginger cat,” and started to Google the image on his phone to show Santa. The “apple pie ginger cat” turned out to be a wooden pull toy. Michael became obsessed with the item and his family was determined to get it for him. However, getting the toy wasn’t as easy as strolling to a local Walmart. The wooden cat was made by a manufacturer in London called Applepie Toys. To make matters worse the company stopped making the product 10 years ago. But mom wasn’t going to give up so easily — and turned to social media. At first it seemed there was no luck at all until a toy company employee in California reached out. Against all odds he had one of those very special Applepie ginger cats. He overnighted the toy to Michael’s family.
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