Noah's mother is a social work student at NYU and has three other children. Good Samaritans have helped cover the expenses and additional donations will be used to fund his education.
When children love something, they love it with all their heart and just can't get enough of it. Sometimes they may go overboard in all their child-like innocence leaving their parents to deal with the aftermath. Well, at least they are adorable getting up to no good. A four-year-old's obsession with SpongeBob Squarepants took a costly turn when he accidentally ordered nearly $3,000 worth of non-refundable SpongeBob SquarePants Popsicles on Amazon. Noah's mother, Jennifer Bryant shared the cute and comical story with a picture of her son triumphantly eating a popsicle while standing on top of the three boxes that had been delivered.
The picture with a smiling Noah made its rounds on the internet. But Bryant was left worrying about recouping the loss as she simply could not afford to spend this much. She is also a student of social work at NYU and in addition to her student loans, also has two other kids to look after. So a GoFundMe fundraiser was set up by a friend of hers. Noah ordered the popsicles that came up to a total of $2,619.85 to be exact and had them sent to his aunt's house. "In case you are wondering, that’s 51 cases, containing 918 popsicles," the page read.
The adorable story turned worrying and then to a heartwarming one as people pitched in to help Bryant out. In just 24 hours, they managed to raise the money to cover the expenses for the popsicles. They have now gone well over their goal and have managed to raise nearly $24,500. An update on the page clarified that Noah is on the autism spectrum and the additional funds will be used towards his education and additional support. Speaking to the Washington Post she admitted to being worried about sending Noah to a regular school where they would misunderstand her autistic son.
"Do they know how to deal with him? Do they know that they can just sit on the floor and say, 'Noah, just use your words?'" she worried. But this has given her an opportunity to save up for his education and send him to a New York school designed for children like him. The accidental incident turned out to be a blessing in disguise. However, before things looked up, Bryant had a hard time trying to make the money back. She first tried her best to try and return it. When that failed, she tried selling the popsicles to dessert shops. But that did not go well either. Most of the popsicles even ended up melting since there was only so much space in their refrigerator.
My autistic niece, who is a genius with everything electronic, racked up thousands of dollars downloading Disney movies and classical music. Thank God the customer service rep had an autistic son and wiped it off of our account.— BoutToBeAStorm (@bouttobeastorm) May 7, 2021
It was when she vented about her predicament to her classmates that her friend, Katie Schloss, set up the fundraiser. When the fundraiser went viral, Amazon got in touch with them. After learning their losses were covered, they offered to donate money to a charity of their choice. Many people were amused with Noah's antics and donated after learning about the hilarious incident. Many of the donors were also parents with autistic children. "My almost 21-year-old son was dx'ed with Autism at 11, but at 4 this is so something he would have done, and then looked at me like, but mom, I NEEDED them!!!" one donator wrote.
As for Noah, he got some stern words from his mother and has managed to get their Amazon account locked after she had to report it as a fraudulent purchase. Now there will be no more ordering snacks or anything else from the site for a long time.