COLUMBUS, Ohio — An Ohio boy who went viral this week for a custom-made macaroni and cheese costume that fits over his wheelchair got a Halloween surprise from Kraft and some former Ohio State football players.
Blake Mompher, 7, has spina bifida, hydrocephalus, and Chiari malformation and needs a wheelchair to get around. He is a big fan of Kraft Macaroni & Cheese, and the company rewarded him with a virtual trick-or-treat visit to the homes of former Buckeyes stars Austin Mack, Jordan Fuller and Braxton Miller, WSYX reported.
“Blake, I have a special treat for you,” Mack, who plays for the New York Giants, told the boy and his family via video conference. “I managed to get a whole year’s worth of Kraft Mac and Cheese. A whole year’s worth, now you can have it every day -- breakfast, lunch, and dinner mac and cheese. Does that sound good?”
This year, one amazing fan dressed up as a delicious cup of Kraft Macaroni & Cheese for Halloween. So we set up a virtual trick-or-treat with some special guests to hand out treats truly worthy of his costume, including a donation to @nationwidekids. #HappyHalloween, Momphers! pic.twitter.com/WbMCqbzw37— Kraft Macaroni & Cheese (@kraftmacncheese) October 31, 2020
The reaction was positive after Mompher learned he would be getting 365 boxes, WSYX reported.
The Mompher family roots for Ohio State’s football team, and Kraft gave the family tickets to a Buckeyes game next year, the television station reported.
Fuller, who plays for the Los Angeles Rams, told the family that Kraft will be donating $10,000 to Nationwide Children’s Hospital in Blake Mompher’s name, WSYX reported.
Even the king-sized candy bars aren't enough of a treat for a costume this good. But we think we've got one that is... https://t.co/w9qj1oraGO— Kraft Macaroni & Cheese (@kraftmacncheese) October 27, 2020
“The donation to Nationwide Children’s Hospital means so much to us because it’s our way of giving back to the hospital, doctors, and people who have already done so much for our son and our family,” Blake’s mother, Megan Mompher, said in a statement. “We are very thankful and humbled that our son has brought so much joy to others. We, in turn, hope that because of this donation we are able to “pay it forward” by brightening another child’s or family’s life through what is often a tough time in the hospital. We would like to thank Kraft Foods for understanding how much Nationwide Children’s means to us and our community."
Wearing original costumes is old hat for Mompher. In 2018 he went viral for a school bus costume that was created by his grandfather, WSYX reported.
It looks like the Mompher family crafted another winner in 2020.
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