Lego tracks down train set for Asperger’s boy, 11, who saved up for 2 years only to discover it was discountined

From The Daily Mail:

A Massachusetts boy who believed that his dream toy was no longer available received an amazing surprise on his 11th birthday – all courtesy of Lego.

James Groccia of West Boylston, who has Asperger’s syndrome, set his heart on the expensive Emerald Night Train set over two years ago.

Keen to instil a sense of financial responsibility, his parents told James that he had to save up the $100 needed for the train himself. Then, after two years of patient saving, the Groccias discovered that this model had been discontinued.

The Emerald Midnight Train was suddenly a collectible item and priced as such at specialist online retailers.

‘There were some available on e-Bay and Amazon, but they were over $200. That was just too much.’

The family attempted to enter some bidding wars on Ebay but nothing worked out. Then Dawn Hartnett, a social worker who runs the Lego therapy sessions for autistic and Asperger’s children that James attends, had an idea. They could write to Lego directly.

In the letter James explained exactly what had happened.

‘For two years I kept all the money I got for birthday and holiday gifts, some of my allowance and some money I got for participating in a research project. At last, a couple of months ago I had my $100 and was ready to buy the LEGO set of my dreams,’ he wrote.

‘My mom started looking for it online and could not find any. We checked the LEGO store in our area and they didn’t have it either. I was completely crushed. You’ve stopped making it!
‘I got another LEGO set, thinking I could forget about the Emerald Night, but every time I see it anywhere online I get very sad and disappointed. I still want the Emerald Night so badly, but there are none to be found.

‘Do you have any at your corporate headquarters? Perhaps I could get one that way? If you have any other ideas, I would be happy to hear them. I have never wanted a LEGO set so badly ever in my life,’ he wrote.

Lego wrote back, apologizing that the Emerald Night Train had been discontinued but confirming that it was no longer available. It seemed unlikely that James would ever get the toy he had been saving towards for two years.

Then two days before his 11th birthday on October 19, a box addressed to James arrived at the family home.

Inside the package was a letter from Lego and brand-new model of the much sought after toy.

The family filmed an overjoyed James opening the box and put the video on YouTube, titling it: ‘Why LEGO is the BEST Company in the World.’

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