For two years, James Groccia, an 11-year-old boy with Asperger's Syndrome
, had been dreaming of owning a LEGO Emerald Night Train set. He saved every penny of his allowance, birthday and Christmas money just so he could someday buy the train set. Once he finally saved the $100 needed, he was heartbroken to learn that the train set was no longer in production. He told WHDH
“They were all over the place last Christmas, but when I finally had the money, they were completely gone."
James' mother, Karen Groccia, told KSL
they attempted to locate one of the sets on eBay and Amazon, but the $200 was too much for them to pay.
A therapist at James' LEGO play group suggested they write a letter to LEGO explaining how much James wanted the set and the lengths he had gone to to save his money. James decided he wanted to write the letter, telling LEGO he saw the train set and "fell in love". He told them how he had saved his money, but that stores no longer carried the set and they could not afford the prices found on Amazon and eBay. He continued by saying
"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.
Do you have any at your corporate headquarters? I have never wanted a Lego set so badly ever in my life!"
He mailed his letter on September 1st of this year and received the following response
from Lego on September 13th:
"James, I'm afraid that we no longer made the Emerald Night. I understand how upsetting this news can be. I realize that you saved up your money to purchase it, I do apologize for any disappointment this news may have caused you."
The letter continues, giving information about other websites that may still sell the set and hoping James can find another set that can "inspire" him.
On October 17th, two days before James' birthday, a box with a letter attached arrived at the Groccia's home. The box contained James' dream LEGO Emerald Night Train. The letter said
"We received your letter here in Consumer Services and were very touched by your determination. Due to your passion for Lego and your heart-warming letter, we knew we had to go above and beyond to make this a reality."