Toys AUcross America was created when an 11-year-old boy with Asperger syndrome decided to donate his toy trains and cars to other kids who are Autistic. It all started when a group member in a Facebook group called World of Autism-Making it a positive one posted a picture of her son and stated hewanted to have a Lightning McQueen party for his birthday. Michael Miller, the creator of Toys AUcross America offered to send a few Cars vehicles to her son. Unfortunately, Michael learned she lived in Australia and has acknowledged that the shipping from the U.S. was a bit expensive to do. She completely understood, but he felt guilty anyway.
After Michael showed some pictures of some of his son’s toy cars and trains, he started asking a couple people if they would like for him and his son to send them a couple. He started growing a list of requests upon people in America as he was looking into what the shipping charges would be.
Instead of shipping out a few toys a week, Michael started shipping out one toy a day as he was enjoying it. He and his wife wanted to call this something, with his wife’s awesome idea was “Toys around the world” but since the shipping and donating is only happening in America and Michael wanted to interpret the Autism into the title, Toys Across America became Toys AUcross America.
After the Facebook page was created and friends and family were sharing it in groups and on their personal accounts, Toys AUcross America was definitely taking a lift off. Requests from all over the United States were being made faster than what shipping could be afforded.
I find that this is incredible and amazing that this very loving family, willingly donates toy cars and trains to Autistic children. It is amazing and breathe taking. To me, that an 11-year-old boy is a definition of a role model and I absolutely admire him and his family. This is truly a great way of showing awareness for Autism.
Michael is planning on continuing this adventure with his son as Autism Awareness is rapidly growing in hoping to educate many others out there about what Autism is. They would like to see more acceptance these days and less judgments being made.
With all this wonderful information that Michael has told me during our interview, I can see this becoming something that will make so many children in the U.S. smile and keep smiling. I find it very admirable what Michael and his son has already done and continue to keep sending toys to children all over the United States and maybe even one day, all over the world.