Milford CT (PRWEB) March 22, 2014
Colin Cunningham, the special-needs Michigan boy who received the gift of national friendship through Facebook to celebrate his 11th birthday, now has another benefactor in eBeanstalk.com. The educational-toy specialty company has recognized his heart-warming story with a $500 gift certificate, good for a wide array of expertly conceived and created child learning and development toys
The youngster’s case won over America after his mother, Jennifer, asked him if he wanted a birthday party to celebrate turning 11. She got a heart-breaking response: he didn’t want a party, Colin told his mother, because he had no friends.
Colin suffers from Asperger’s Syndrome, a form of autism which, among other effects, makes forming friendships difficult. In school, he would often act up in class and would eat alone at lunchtime.
Without telling her son, Jennifer Cunningham created a “Happy Birthday, Colin” Facebook page. Her online plea touched a cord in the nation’s heart, bringing a phenomenal viral response. It drew nearly 2.2 million ‘likes’ and some 300,000 birthday cards, and, among other things, brought Colin and his family a trip to Disney World and a special appearance on “Good Morning America.”
Ebeanstalk.com, a Connecticut-based company, comprises a team of child specialists devoted to a comprehensive approach to infantile and juvenile development. The group offers a full array of toys for toys for 1-year olds and toys for 11-year-olds.
“We’re happy to recognize such a heart-warming story, and offer the benefit of our help,”
said Brian Gordon, CEO of eBeanstalk. “At eBeanstalk, a key part of our philosophy, of course, is that every child is special. Colin’s case is a particularly vivid and worthy example of that.”