'Pawn Stars' Rick Harrison reaches out to young autistic fan, warms all of our hearts
After an autistic boy reached out to the History Channel star to sell his Game Boy, Harrison sent the fan a very sweet letter. The boy's mother shared Harrison's letter on Reddit, explaining that she'd sent her son's letter to Harrison, along with a note of her own, detailing her son's condition and his love of the show.
"Little J is a huge fan of the TV show, 'Pawn Stars' and he talks about the show incessantly," the mother says. "I encouraged him to write them a letter, which he did, and he offered to sell his Game Boy to them for $30. I added a cover letter, describing J and his autism, and although I told them that I didn't expect them to actually buy his [Game Boy], I did ask if they could at least reply."
And reply Harrison did. Writing back to his young fan, the reality TV star included a signed photo of the "Pawn Stars" cast along with $30 for the Game Boy, which he asked the boy to keep.
"I'm donating the Game Boy back to you for being such a loyal viewer, so keep enjoying it and think of us when you play with it," he writes. "Chumlee says thank you, because he already has one and you were right, he does like it. You have a wonderful Mom who loves you very much. You are a lucky Boy. Always pay attention to what she tells you. You stay healthy and enjoy the New Year."
Harrison tells "Fox & Friends" that he didn't expect any attention over the letter, forgetting about it until news outlets learned of its existence after it was shared on Reddit.
"I totally forgot about it until I started getting calls from a gazillion reporters," he says. "Celebrities, especially people with shows that kids watch a lot -- there's a lot of kids that watch my show -- should be doing this on a regular basis."