Garage sale turns thinking chair into healing chair

CRYSTAL LAKE – Linda LeCroy had to think about the thinking chair.

After coming across the famous red chair from the TV show Blue’s Clues at a local garage sale, the Lake in the Hills woman struggled to remember the name of the mother who was looking to buy such a chair for her special needs boy.

Because sitting in the chair did not provide the same intellectual stimulation it had on the show, LeCroy decided to post a Facebook message with a photograph of the chair on a page for people to post items and information about local garage sales.

Within minutes dozens of strangers were commenting on the message, attempting to find the woman who was looking for the chair about a month ago.

“It was unbelievable to see so many people who didn’t know each other try to get this chair to that boy,” LeCroy said. “You just don’t see that very often anymore.”

During the same day the message was posted, strangers had paid for the chair and picked it up to make sure Samantha Rodriguez’s son would have the chair from his favorite show. Rodriguez, who lives in Hoffman Estates, said she was floored to see people from a different county do so much for her and her son who suffers from sensory processing disorder.

“I had given up on the whole idea of getting the chair,” Rodriguez said. “I was completely floored strangers would do all that and even pay for the chair. It’s heartwarming to see how people care and I hope they know how happy it made my son.”

In an effort to bring joy to a child, the same group of Facebook strangers brought hope to the seller.

Jennifer Falco, of Crystal Lake, was diagnosed with Guillain-Barre Syndrome in 2009 and needs to see a specialist in California to help her in a fight that already has included learning to walk again after paralysis set in. The garage sale was a small part of the $1,115 her family has raised for the trip.

Falco said she was amazed to see so many people come together for a little boy they did not know, and she was happy to be a small part of it.

“It’s funny how everything gets connected in a big circle,” Falco said of how a 48-year-old and 2-year-old could help each other fight their diseases through a chair. “It makes my heart sing that this chair would bring such a smile to some ne.”

The day after the chair was sold, Falco received one more knock on her door from a stranger when LeCroy stopped by just to give her a hug. The woman who started the whole chain of events with a simple post said she needed to let Falco know she was a hero for helping the boy, inspiring strangers to come together and for fighting her own battle.

“It’s nice to be part of a good story and see it come together,” LeCroy said.

While the garage sale is over, people can still help Falco by searching for her name at www.giveforward.com and donating at her fundraising page.

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