When this desperate dad wanted to do something wonderful for his autistic son, he took his plea online, and people did not disappoint.
James Dutton (@jdutton69), a professional flautist and teacher, wanted to gift his son with a VHS copy of “Postman Pat’s Prize Postbag,” a part of an animated series. He tweeted that his 19-year-old son, who is severely autistic, wanted it as a Christmas gift, so he could add that particular tape to his collection.
Dutton wrote in a pair of tweets, “Does anyone have or know of anyone who may still have this VHS? My severely autistic son Thomas has written it on his Xmas list…please let me know! To add…he watches the episodes on YouTube but wants the box to add to his collection (he’s 19 now and loved watching them as a child).”
His plea was seen far across the web, with multiple people offering to dig through their homes to find a copy. Some more connected individuals also pointed Dutton in the direction of BBC animation studios.
Considering that tape was first released in 2001, it was no surprise that it took some time for a copy to be located.
It was Twitter user Jill (@jilly284) who finally came through with the figurative holy grail. She tweeted, in part: “Our box of old videos was in the hall on the way to the charity shop after a clear out of the loft at the weekend! [Direct message] me your address & I can post it to you.”
Dutton — and all who helped — undoubtedly cheered at seeing the “heartwarming side of human nature” in action!
“Postman Pat” is a stop motion animated series that first premiered on the BBC in 1981; it follows the adventures of British postman Pat Clifton and his cat Jess. The original show only lasted 13 episodes, but the initial success lead to a revival in the 1990s featuring several TV specials. The current version of Postman Pat was launched in 2003 and has been on air since, and the feature film “Postman Pat: The Movie” was released in 2014.