Discontinued sippy cup leads to outpouring of love for teen boy with autism

It’s a happily-ever-after worthy of a Dickens tale, and inspiration to each ‘lend our own light.’

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Christmas time is when we are reminded of miracles and mercies made possible through the sacrifice and kindness of other people. One of the most epic Christmas stories of all time, Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol, ends with a converted miser helping tend a child. This is the happily-ever-after we long for at the holidays, with its poignant reminder of how a child in need can inspire individuals to accomplish great good. In 2016, look no further than the unforgettable story of Ben Carter, a teen-aged boy with a severe form of autism.

Ben was at risk for dehydration because he will only drink from the one type of cup that he has cherished since he was two-years-old, the last of which is now deteriorating. Since the item had been discontinued, Ben’s valiant father Marc took to Twitter to ask for help.

People came forward to offer matching cups of their own for the cause. Then, the company, Tommee Tippee, searched for the original molds and boldly decided to produce a lifetime supply of the original cup for Ben, thus showing how charity can be right at home in the corporate world. God bless each individual who reached out to help and share this story. Each is an example of the ancient proverb allegedly from Confucius: “Better to light one small candle than curse the darkness.” Thanks to Ben, his dad, and each who lent their light, there is now a bonfire of comfort and joy.



Annabelle Moseley
Annabelle Moseley
Annabelle Moseley is an author of nine books, speaker, and professor of literature and religion. Her most recent book is a double volume of poetry written in the voices of notable and notorious Biblical characters, entitled: A Ship to Hold the World and The Marionette’s Ascent (Wiseblood Books, 2014). Moseley was The Walt Whitman Birthplace Writer-in-Residence (2009-2010); and in 2014, she was named Long Island Poet of the Year. She lives on Long Island with her husband and children.

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