UPDATE: Marc Carter’s plea to Twitter to help him find a specific Tommee Tippee cup for his son Ben has the perfect happy ending. If you recall, Marc’s 14-year-old son Ben has autism and refuses to drink from anything but a specific blue Tommee Tippee sippy cup. Well after searching their factories and warehouses worldwide, the manufacturer said that they found the original mold for that exact cup. It’s a seriously lucky find, as Tommee Tippee said they don’t normally keep the molds for discontinued products.
A spokesman for Tommee Tippee told BBC News: “We are delighted to confirm that we are able to start production on a run of the original cup. This will ensure that Ben has a lifetime supply and that his family won’t ever have to worry about finding another cup for Ben.”
The company said it would produce 500 cups for Ben, sending them to the family on demand — for free — for as long as they need them. Ben’s father couldn’t be more grateful for the worldwide search on Ben’s behalf. “I would not be happier if I won the lottery,” Marc told BBC News. “We’ve moved down to the middle of nowhere and don’t want much. Just knowing he has got these cups gives us peace of mind.”
We couldn’t think of a better ending to this story.
Marc Carter’s 14-year-old son Ben has autism, and since he was 2 years old he has refused to drink out of anything but one specific sippy cup.
“Ben hasn’t drunk at school since the age of 5, he doesn’t drink outside of the house so we can’t go anywhere,” Marc explained in a Twitter post. “People say he will drink when he’s thirsty, but two emergency trip to [the ER] with severe dehydration say otherwise.”
The Tommy Tippee cup has been discontinued for years, and while they’ve replaced the cup once before, the current cup is starting to fall apart. That’s when Marc turned to Twitter to see if anyone still had this exact cup.
And Twitter users across the world banded together to help him. In just two days, Marc’s post gained over 17K retweets and 5.2K likes, with everyone trying to find the cups for him. The hashtag #CupForBen spread worldwide in multiple languages. Tommee Tippee even got in on the search, too, looking through their stocks of samples to see if they have any left. The #CupForBen responses even became too much for Marc, so Tommee Tippee offered to take over the hashtag to help give Marc some relief.
Amazingly, in less than two days, the Twitter-verse found multiple perfect cups!
In Marc’s latest update, he couldn’t be more thankful for the outpouring of love from everyone who has searched for the cups. He says they have enough cups to last them a few years now, but they’ll always need more. “The reality is Ben is unlikely to change, so I will need these for the rest of his life,” he wrote on Twitter. “That’s a lot of cups.”
It’s acts of kindness like this that remind us of the goodness of mankind, and how much we can achieve when we work together — not apart. If you happen to have one of these exact cups in the back of your cupboard, contact Marc using @PMPProject and #CupForBen. Or share the posts on Twitter to keep the search going.
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