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Reed Botwright put out a call on social media last week when he and his wife could not track down any more boxes of Star Wars Kraft Dinner, one of the only foods their six-year-old son Everett will eat.
When the red-headed youngster specifically requested the character-shaped noodles, his parents were ecstatic. They stocked up on Star Wars KD the next time they were out shopping, but later realized the cheesy pasta was a limited release.
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“I think it was at that point that I realized it was blowing up pretty big,” Botwright said.
The family has received more than 500 boxes of Star Wars Kraft Dinner over the past week, including 411 that were shipped to Vancouver Island from Real Canadian Superstores in B.C.’s Lower Mainland. The boxes came packed in plastic totes so the family can safely store them.
Individuals have sent the bright blue and orange boxes, too, Botwright said, and many of them come with special messages.
The family has also received messages of support from individuals around the globe, including people who have kids on the autism spectrum and have offered support.
“They’re giving us some advice, some tips and encouragement, just saying, you know, ’We were in exactly the same position as you five years ago and things are just so much better now because we worked at it and it got better,”’ Botwright said.
“The culmination of it is going to be so much bigger and better than just a few boxes of Star Wars Kraft Dinner.”