An autistic teen from Virginia won a lifetime supply of peanut butter – and gives most of it to federal federal workers.
Eric McKay, 15, from Woodbridge, eats peanut butter and jelly slathered on two English muffins for breakfast, lunch and dinner each day – and goes through a jar every three days, told his mother, Tracy McKay, the Washington Post.
His mother bought 72 jars of peanut butter from the grocery chain Lidl last February on the grand opening of their local store – but he was at his last jar in October, he tweeted.
Eric, who goes by Philosopher Bean on Twitter, sent a plea to the chain on October 15 and asked when they wanted another
They responded with a challenge.
"We have 72 jars on the way!" wrote the company back . "Are you willing to up for ante? If you get 72,000 RT's, we give you a lifetime supply of peanut butter. Do you accept our challenge?"
The young one did it – and more.
Bolstered by retweets from British author Neil Gaiman and former White House intern Monica Lewinsky, he racked up about 76,000 retweets.
Meanwhile, his father became furloughed during the ongoing government's shutdown, between a dead end between President Trump and Democrats over funding the border wall.
Since then, the family has been "pushing", says Tracy McKay's expiration.  So it was a natural choice for Eric to give his favorite spread to others in the same situation.
"[He said,] my father is stuck at home," his mother said. "We have no income, but we have peanut butter, so we should share it."
Eric and his family gathered at Lidl store in Dumfries Wednesday to distribute the jars to others who cannot work during the longest government break in US history, the report said.
He comes back on it again Saturday.
After his first giveaway, Eric came into the car with his mother and said, "Mom, it was just so good," said the outlet.
Eric's preference for a particular food is not uncommon for people with autism who may be sensitive to taste, textures and sounds and often narrow their diet to foods that they feel most comfortable with, his mother explained.