Seven-year-old Emrie is visually impaired and a huge fan of the Harry Potter saga. Her father reads the books out loud to her, but they stopped while they were in ‘Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire’.
Her aunt Katelyn Suter wanted to change this custom and have her niece read them herself, as she has been able to read braille since she was four years old. Her wish was complicated when Katelyn saw that the gift there were looking for was almost impossible to find. It was the book Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix is written in braille and when they finally found it, Suter realized that its price amounted to $ 237.95.
“No child, adult, family or anyone should have to pay so much to enjoy a book,” Katelyn wrote on her Twitter account.
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So she decided to create a GoFundMe campaign to raise funds and buy a set of books for Emrie and another to donate to a local library. The support Suter garnered was more than expected and raised enough money to purchase five sets of books, meaning that she was able to donate four sets of books to libraries and schools in the greater Kansas City area.
The moving reaction of the blind girl when opening her gift became viral in a few hours and in total has more than 87,000 shares with more than 800 comments:
“It is the sweetest thing I have seen”, writes a user.
“We also live in Kansas and our baby was born blind. This beautiful publication gives me hope,” said another.
In an interview with 41 Action News, Suter stated that “the best thing she has done is to raise awareness of braille books and their accessibility/price,” Suter said.
“Everyone deserves to be able to read and have access to books regardless of cost or print size.”