Christmas is just days away, and Andrew Little knows precisely what he wants. Not presents from Santa under the tree, although he's probably be OK with thatâmost 8-year-old-boys are!
No, this Cincinnati area boy wants Christmas cards! It's his personal way of interacting with the outside world. According to WLWT, his grandmother Alyson Little started up a Facebook campaign called "Andrew Little Has a Wish," to collect as many holiday greeting cards as he can. The station adds that the little guy was just 15 months old "when he was paralyzed from the neck down after complications from transverse myelitis, a neurological condition that inflames the spinal cord."
And as if that wasn't enough, Andrew's mother died four years ago, just before the family moved Andrew to St. Joseph Home, a full-time care facility for kids and adults with developmental disabilities.
"Part of getting the Christmas cards for him is just an opportunity to meet new people and to just get exposed to new people," St. Joseph Home president and CEO Dan Connors told WLWT. "He just likes to interact with folks. He likes to meet folks. He's never met a stranger. He's got a memory like you wouldn't believe."
It seems that Commander David Schaefer picked up on the social media campaign and decided that maybe he could add a little something to it. So at the end of a training day, Schaefer was joined by members of the Hamilton County Police Association's SWAT team, rolling up to St. Joseph Home with three SWAT vehicles to drop off some Christmas cards.
"He's extremely happy and that's what we wanted to do," Schaefer said on WLWT. "We wanted to just come over and make not only him but anyone else that was over here happy and to wish them a happy holidays."
Andrew has been receiving cards from all over, according to his grandmother.
"I did not know that people would care about my little man this way. It's so sweet that people take time out of their day to do this. I can't give him back his mobility. I can't give him back his mother. The only thing that I can do is be his voice, and I want to let the world know about him," Little said.
If you'd like to send him a card, his address is: Andrew Little, 4181 Weathered Oaks Lane, Hamilton, Ohio 45011.