Noah Bryant, a 4-year-old animation fan from Brooklyn, spent nearly $3,000 on non – refundable SpongeBob SquarePants Popsicles—from Amazon.

Noah, a “truly adorable” SpongeBob fan, “managed to purchase $2,618.85 worth” of the pop-pelgangers from Amazon, according to the crowdfunding page, and “had them sent to his Auntie’s home.”

Since Amazon won’t allow the return of the Popsicles, Noah’s mother, Jennifer Bryant, was facing the pressure and assumed she’d have to pay the chilling cost.

Bryant, a 44-year-old mom of three, is also studying for a master’s degree in social work at New York University.  Bryant said that she had no idea how she would “be able to pay this off.” Bryant also has “student loans and all of her family’s other expenses,” according to her classmate, Katie Schloss.  

Bryant’s mother set up a GoFundMe page on Monday, May 3, to help cover the astronomical costs. As of Thursday afternoon, May 6, the GoFundMe had gained more than $6,500.

“Thank you so much for your mind-blowing generosity and support. We’re so grateful to have made back the $2,618.85 in a mere 24 hours (!!!).” wrote Noah’s thankful mother on the website on May 4. Bryant went on to say that the extra funds would go into “education and additional supports” for her son, who has autism spectrum disorder.

On May 5, a Twitter account @ Chayes1025 posted her own experiences of her child causing similar unintentional mistakes “My autistic son spent $800 on virtual hay for a virtual horse in a game he was playing at age 7. It was my entire paycheck and the bank refunded it after I explained the situation. It’s hilarious… now.”

Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is a mental disorder that can lead to severe emotional, communication, and behavioral difficulties. People with ASD typically do not differ in appearance from others, but they can talk, connect, behave, and study in different ways. Learning, thinking, and problem-solving abilities in people with ASD can vary from talented to the extreme. Some people with ASD need a great deal of assistance in their everyday lives, while others need less or practically none.

Physical, cognitive, and interaction skills are frequently impaired in people with ASD. They will repeat those behaviors and refuse to alter their daily routine. Many people with ASD have unique approaches to learning, paying attention, and responding to situations. 

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