There are a lot of good people in the world, and James Dutton recently found out that they can all be found on social media.
Dutton and ex-his wife want to give their 19-year-old son with Autism the perfect Christmas, so they asked him to make a wish-list. All of the items on the list are easily attainable, except for one – a VHS copy of an old animated British children’s show called Postman Pat.
Dutton explained that his son had gotten hooked on the show by watching old clips of it on YouTube and he really wanted a copy of Postman Pat’s Prize Postbag from 1981.
With absolutely no idea how to get his hands on it, Dutton turned to Twitter for help. He tweeted, "Does anyone have or know of anyone who may still have this VHS? My severely autistic son, Thomas, has written it on his Christmas list ... please let me know!"
The Twitterverse immediately got to work and shared the tweet thousands of times until it found its way to a woman named Jill Hulme, who just so happened to have what he was looking for. She contacted Dutton and said she'd be happy to give it to Thomas.
Hulme said, "It really is a wonderful story which I'm so grateful to be part of. I have three boys who, when I told what had happened, were so pleased to hear that Thomas would be getting such a great surprise on Christmas morning."