A teacher from Klamath Falls, Oregon has been collecting fast food toys for the past 25 years amassing over 1,100 of the tiny toys. The teacher, Nat Ellis, planned to sell the collection when he retired for extra funds. However, when the kind teacher heard about the plight of 4-year-old Logan Roninger, he decided to sell his entire toy collection on eBay and give the money to the boy’s family to purchase a specialized wheelchair.
KTVL reports that 4-year old Logan Roninger suffered from a neuromuscular disorder called spinal muscular atrophy. The condition made it impossible for him to walk or even crawl. As a result, the child was bound to a wheelchair. Logan’s parents, both biologists, say that the boy loved to accompany them on outdoors and in nature. However, it was becoming increasingly difficult to for the preschooler to travel off-road as he did not have a specialized power wheelchair. The family submitted an insurance claim for the chair, but were denied as it was not deemed medically necessary. Therefore, the community surrounding Logan decided to band together with various fundraisers to help the boy get the chair that would make his quality of life exponentially better.
One group that decided to help was the Klamath Union High School. This is the school that Nat Ellis worked as a business and marketing teacher. Ellis says he immediately knew what he could do to help the child and placed his entire 1,139 piece toy collection on eBay and gave all of the proceeds to Logan’s family. Ellis says he just wants to help as many people as possible.
“Life’s not about us. It’s about other people. So the best thing you can do is help as many people as possible.”
In addition to selling his prized toy collection, Ellis also had his business and marketing students write press releases about Logan and spread the word on social media.
What do you think of the teacher’s actions? Would you sell a prized toy collection to help a child you didn’t know?
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