Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Autistic's new iPad will be gift of a stranger

One call was from a major league ballclub's front office guy who lives on Anna Maria Island.
Another, from a detective at the Manatee County Sheriff's Office.
Then there was one from a man who is among Bradenton's most generous people with his money and his spirit.
They all wanted to help Paul Schultz get another iPad.
But their offers came with a definite caveat:
"Keep my name out of it."
Such was the response of folks around our town to the plight of the 22-year-old non-verbal autistic, whose accessorized iPad was stolen from his mom's truck.
Schultz has not spoken since he was 3 and used the device to help him communicate.
That's why the theft, bad enough as it was, touched so many people.
They called.
They emailed.
They went on Facebook.
Yet most of them made it evident they wanted to remain anonymous.
"Keep my name out of it."
Paul Schultz will get a new iPad, thanks to the generosity of a community that takes care of its own.
Chances are good his family will never know the benefactor.
That's a beautiful thing.

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