Woman gets help with brother’s special gift

BALTIMORE (AP) — A toy company and strangers are pitching in to help a Maryland woman find a particularly important Christmas gift for her disabled brother.

Cassie Gretschel turned to Reddit recently for help tracking down a discontinued Tonka truck for her brother, Max, who lives in Baltimore.

Max Gretschel, 25, has cerebral palsy and severe scoliosis, and Cassie Gretschel wrote that the truck, made in 2000 and modeled after a blue police Hummer, is “the only thing he wants for Christmas.”

Cassie Gretschel said in an interview with The Associated Press that the truck has a design that’s easy for her brother to use. He already has more than a dozen, but “they’re pretty much the only toy we’ve been able to find” for him, said Cassie Gretschel, who lives in Huntingtown, Maryland.

“He plays with them for hours daily, so a lot of them have broken down and been used for parts over the years,” she wrote in her post.