Noah Bryant, 4, is a big fan of the cartoon sponge, and recently surprised his family by spending $2,618.85 on 918 popsicles from the online superstore, sent to his aunt's house. Though the youngster was all smiles in a photo with one of the frozen SpongeBob pops, the splurge was no laughing matter for his mom Jennifer Bryant.
The sweets treats are unfortunately nonrefundable, inspiring a family friend to launch a GoFundMe campaign to cover the cost of the unsupervised shopping spree.
On the fundraising page, friend and organizer Katie Schloss explained that Bryant, a mom of three, is studying social work at New York University and couldn't afford the SpongeBob spread.
The GoFundMe pitch went live on Monday, and $5,780 in donations have poured in as of Thursday morning, smashing the original goal of $2,619.
"Thank you SO much for your mind-blowing generosity and support," Bryant wrote in a follow-up note on GoFundMe. "As a child living with ASD (Autism Spectrum Disorder), all future donations will go towards Noah's education and additional supports."
"We cannot thank you enough. Truly," she added.