William Shatner Put Aside The 'Star Trek' Vs. 'Star Wars' Debate To Help A Boy With Autism

This story has a happy ending.

Over the years, Star Trek actor William Shatner has played along with the ongoing feud between his own classic franchise and fellow sci-fi series Star Wars. It's all in good fun, however, as Shatner argued last year that Star Trek owes its renewed success to the popularity of George Lucas' films.

So it's no surprise that Shatner recently set out on a quest for Star Wars macaroni and cheese — all for a young Canadian boy named Everett. The 6-year-old is on the autism spectrum, and according to his father Reed Botwright, "one of his quirks revolves around food."

"He doesn't eat much, if anything, at all," Botwright wrote on Facebook, along with a photo of Everett. "It's a struggle to get him his essential nutrients, and unlike most kids, no amount of 'tough love' or 'no treats until you eat your veggies' will work to coerce him to expand his diet. So, when we go through the grocery store and he says, 'I want to try that,' we rejoice!"

One food Everett ended up loving is the Star Wars Kraft Dinner, which features pasta shaped like the series' characters. His family stocked up on the product, but they were recently down the last box, and because it was limited edition, they needed help finding more.


Everett's story got around to fellow Canadian Shatner, who sent a tweet to Kraft asking for the company's help. "Even if you still have just the shaped macaroni they can use current product for cheese sauce," he suggested.

Botwright thanked Shatner for the gesture, and for subsequently linking to a listing on Target's website. "It was out of stock earlier today. I guess you have some pull! You're awesome!" the father wrote.

Things soon got even better for Everett.

According to CBC News, Kraft Heinz learned of the Botwrights' search and found 12 cases of the product (144 boxes in total) in an American warehouse. It's shipping them, along with other varieties of Kraft Dinner, to the family for free.

"It's our hope that if Everett sees them alongside his favorite kind, he'll be more open to trying them," said Av Maharaj, vice-president of corporate and legal affairs for the brand.

Everett's father shared a follow-up post on Facebook with an update: "We just got word that a local grocer is shipping us enough of the limited edition Kraft Dinner that we will be good for the foreseeable future! Now we have to figure out where to put it all!"

He thanked everyone for their help, adding that the family now has "more than enough to last [Everett] until he goes to college," and asking those who wish to send more to instead donate to local charities supporting individuals with special needs. He suggested Vancouver Island's Nanaimo Child Development Centre, from whom they have received support.

(H/T: Huffington Post)

Cover image: DFree / Shutterstock, Inc.

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