Christmas truly is the time of miracles, and one such miracle has recently fallen into the hands of a visually impaired girl from Mission, Kansas named Emrie.
Emrie is a little girl who was born with a very rare gene anomaly that left her without vision. According to her aunt Katelyn Suter, the girl learned braille when she was only 4 years old and now she’s reading years above her age level.
Emrie is a girl from Mission, Kansas who was born with a rare gene anomaly that left her without vision
A few months ago, Emrie’s father Jared started reading the Harry Potter books to her every night before sleep. And as one would probably expect, soon enough, Emrie fell deeply in love with all the characters and the magical world portrayed in the books.
A few months ago, Emrie’s dad started reading the Harry Potter books to her every night before bed
That was when the girl decided that she’d like to continue reading the books by herself. Unfortunately, the Harry Potter books in braille are extremely expensive and aren’t easy to find.
After a while, Emrie decided that she’d like to continue reading the books by herself
This whole situation inspired Emrie’s aunt Katelyn to start a GoFundMe campaign and help raise the money for the braille Harry Potter books that Emrie wanted so deeply.
“The Harry Potter books range from $8 to $300 for just one single book, this is a shame as everyone should have access to books!” Katelyn wrote in the description of the fundraiser. “I am hoping with a little help that we can give this little girl the gift of magic for Christmas as well as possibly supply the local libraries with a set too. Any donation would help and my family would be so grateful.”
Since braille Harry Potter books are very expensive, her aunt Katelyn started a GoFundMe campaign
In just one month, Katelyn was able to raise $4,226, allowing her to surprise her niece with braille Harry Potter books for Christmas as well as to donate five full Harry Potter braille series to local libraries and schools.
“Thank you all so much! We have exceeded all goals and will be able to provide not only Emrie with a full set, but we also raised enough to donate FIVE full Harry Potter braille series to local libraries and schools!” the aunt commented on the fundraiser campaign after the goal was reached. “I am speechless at the kindness we have received over the last 24 hours and I can’t thank each and every one of you enough for contributing! Happy Holidays!”
The money Katelyn was able to raise allowed her to surprise Emrie with braille editions of all the Harry Potter books
A few days ago, Emrie’s aunt Katelyn uploaded a short video on her Instagram of the little girl unwrapping her Christmas gift and realizing that it’s exactly what she wanted. The video capturing Emrie’s priceless reaction received 42k likes and almost 600 comments on Instagram. CHECK HERE
The video capturing Emrie unwrapping her present went viral and it currently has over 42 likes on Instagram
“Thank you, thank you, thank you to everyone who donated and made this Christmas extra special for my niece Emrie! As you can see, she is beyond excited to be able to read the Harry Potter books herself!” Katelyn wrote in the description of her Instagram post.
Here’s what people are saying about this heartwarming video