This Story About Loving Legos Will Make You Cry

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Lego granted James Groccia’s Christmas wish in a big way. | Source: Facebook

Think about your Christmas wish this year: Do you want a car? New boots? Your crush to call you? One Direction tickets? It’s probably a little different from the Christmas wish you had when you were 9, which probably involved dolls, video games, or Legos–but whatever it was, you wanted it really badly, right?

Picture that urge, multiply it by about a million, and you have James Groccia‘s Christmas wish for the Lego Emerald Night Train set.

James loved Legos since he was about four years old, and when he was 8, he really wanted the 1,000 piece set. It was designed for ages 14 and up, and his folks were a bit wary that he wouldn’t be able to put it together–plus, it was about $100. They encouraged James to save up for the set himself if he wanted it badly enough, and he did.

One problem: After scraping together allowance, birthday money, Christmas cash, and earnings from a research study (James has a form of autism called Asperger’s Syndrome), Lego had stopped selling the Lego Emerald Night Train set. (Nooooooooooooooooooo!)

James wrote a letter to Lego telling them how badly he wanted the train set, and how much he loves Lego in general, using the blocks in his study group that helps autistic children learn social skills. An excerpt? “I got another Lego set, thinking I could forget about the Emerald Night, but every time I see it anywhere on line I get very sad and disappointed. I still want the Emerald Night so badly, but there are none to be found.” D’awwwwww!

First, Lego couldn’t help. But then… Just watch the video below. And have a tissue handy. (Hint: It’s a Christmas wish come true.)

Did you love Legos as a kid? Do you still like Legos? Do you think Lego responded well to James’ request? Have you ever wanted anything as much as James wanted the Lego Emerald Night Train? What was it? What’s your biggest Christmas wish this year? Tell us in the comments!

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  • Lissa

    Seeing a kid with Asperger’s Syndrome so happy just made my day!
    His parents are right, LEGO is the best company in the world 🙂
    The only toy I wanted really badly when I was a kid was Shelly’s Treehouse. I ended up getting it for my birthday, when I didn’t expect it at all 😀