Community Helps Mom Find SpaghettiOs For Her Autistic Child


When people started stocking up on canned goods and toilet paper back in March, Crystal MacDonald couldn’t find SpaghettiOs and Meatballs anywhere. The mom of five was desperate for cans of the non-perishables because it’s the only thing her 11-year-old daughter Ashlyn, who has severe, non-verbal autism, will eat.

MacDonald would visit grocery stores all over her Attleboro, Massachusetts, area and even tried other variations, like SpaghettiOs with Franks or similar Chef Boyardee items, but Ashlyn refused those. When word of her predicament got out in the community, people stepped in to help. Some sent her tips on where to find the cans and others bought and donated them to her. And now that Campbell’s Soup Company, which owns SpaghettiOs, has heard about Ashlyn’s preference for their product, they’re donating a year’s supply to her.

“It has been an incredible experience to feel so much love from our community,” MacDonald explains. And the gift from the company actually brought her to tears. She says, “This is such an amazing blessing and I can’t express my gratitude enough.”

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