Strangers Buy Boy Stuffed Animals For His Birthday When His Mom Can’t Afford To

When Tiffany H. realized she couldn’t afford her son’s 5th birthday present, she decided to get creative.

She took to Reddit and explained that her son, Jonas, asked for a stuffed manta ray for his birthday but she couldn’t afford one. In the r/povertyfinance subreddit, a place to share advice, tips, stories, etc., with those struggling financially, Tiffany said that since she couldn’t buy her son a manta ray like he wanted, she was going to make one instead.

Using her son’s old baby blanket, she hand-sewed a stuffed manta ray and it looks quite adorable!

Photo: Reddit/WildfireSmile

The post immediately garnered a lot of positive attention, with many people praising her handiwork and dedication to her son.

Along with people offering their praise and admiration, Tiffany also received a lot of messages from strangers asking if they could send a sea animal plushie to her son for his birthday as well.

A few days later, Tiffany shared a follow-up photo. She said, “I posted here a few days ago about making my son a manta ray because I couldn’t afford to buy one. Look what y’all did for my baby. You are all amazing.”

Photo: Reddit/WildfireSmile

After receiving so many stuffed animals, some Redditors even pitched in and gifted Jonas a trip to the aquarium.

Tiffany wrote on Reddit, “This is because of Reddit…Jonas is a kid that has been through a lot of trauma. This kid rarely smiles. But today I don’t think he’s stopped smiling for more than a few minutes. Truly a dream come true for him. I’ll never be able to top this! This community is amazing.”

Photo: Reddit/WildfireSmile

It’s amazing what a lot of care and a few stuffed animals can do for a kid.

Thanks to the help of strangers, Jonas was able to have the best 5th birthday a kid could ask for.

Photo: flickr/Will Clayton

You can follow Tiffany on Instagram, @wildfiresmile, and on YouTube to keep up with her and Jonas.

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