50-year-old high school teacher, Nat Ellis, has had his retirement plan in place for half his life. He’s collected 1,139 fast food kid’s meal toys with plans to auction them off to retire on. That is until he heard about 4-year-old Logan Roninger.
At 18 months, Logan was diagnosed with spinal muscular atrophy, which affects muscle strength and muscle tone. The Roningers are a nature loving family who love to explore the beauty offered around their Klamath Falls, Oregon home but the power wheelchair Logan currently has doesn’t do well for off-roading. They are trying to raise money to get him a Tankchair, which will allow him to play in the dirt and mud, finally.
Local high schools have held fundraisers to help Logan to the tune of $11,000. Nat Ellis works at one of these schools and when he heard about Logan he decided to sell his collection. Some of his toys are worth $30-60 each.
Ellis told ABC News
Life’s not about us. It’s about other people. So the best thing you can do is help as many people as possible
As if this story couldn’t get better, the winner of the auction for the toys then donated the collection back to Ellis so he could auction it again for more money. The second auction closed June 16 and the winning bid was $1200.
The Roningers also have an online YouCaring fundraiser, if Ellis has inspired you to help out.
One thing is for sure, the world is a better place with people like Ellis in it, and Logan has one of the most addictive smiles the internet has seen.