» Gift takes paralyzed Butler County boy to galaxy far, far away
All Andrew Little, 8, wants for Christmas is enough holiday cards to cover the walls of his room at St. Joseph Home in Sharonville, and share them with his friends at the facility for wheelchair-bound people with complex medical needs. GREG LYNCH / STAFF
His grandmother last year spent $30 of the remaining $35 in her checking account to make an online request for cards, after he received only four the prior year. Then cards and packages arrived from around the globe.
“That was a big deal for him,” she said.
Andrew, who attends Evendale Elementary School, became ill around Christmas last year and remained sick until early in the summer, she said.
“It really made his Christmas last year a little bit brighter, even though he really wasn’t on top of the world,” she said.
“I saved a whole bunch of them, I mean thousands and thousands of them. And we read them all summer long. It’s kind of like all our holiday decorations at our new house are his cards. But his cousins, and his big sister, they get the biggest kick out of it. They think he’s a little celebrity, and I’m like, ‘Hmm, let’s not give him a big head.’”
Alyson Little since has moved to Oakwood, Ga., while Andrew remains in Ohio until the family can find a facility down there and make arrangements there. She plans to visit Andrew in the next few days.
Alyson Little stands among an estimated 50,000 Christmas cards mailed to her grandson, Andrew Little, 8. Andrew, who is paralyzed him from the neck down, said he wanted just one thing for Christmas — Christmas Cards. NICK GRAHAM/STAFF
Alyson Little plans to take other grandchildren — Andrew’s 5- and 7-year-old cousins — to visit him in coming days, “and we’re going to open up cards together as a family. Because he’s gotten a few — not like last year, but he’s gotten a few — so I’m keeping them all compiled together.”
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His cousins “make a big deal of it, because they’re just learning to read. They’re wild and crazy kids, and they think it’s fun to read all the cards,” Alyson Little said.
“Every afternoon, I pick the grandkids up, and every day: ‘Does Andrew have any cards?’ And they get the biggest thrill out of it,” she said.
Andrew Little met with Star Wars character Kylo Ren while attending a holiday viewing of the newly-released “Rogue One” movie. CONTRIBUTED
Andrew “wants to go see Star Wars,” she said. “He’s an avid Star Wars fan. He wants some video games — a typical 9-year-old’s wants. He hasn’t asked for any large amounts of cards this year.”
He recently met some Bengals, including A.J. Green and Andy Dalton. His long-time favorite player, Andrew Whitworth (because they share a first name), no longer is with the team.
“He’s doing very, very well,” Alyson Little said. “Phenomenal. It goes to show, you’re only limited by your imagination.”