The generosity of people in the Nelson community has blown away Nelson mother Jordan Huizinga.
Since the Nelson Mail featured her 17-month-old son Cooper, who was recently diagnosed with a rare cancer-like disease, responses from the public wishing Cooper well and offering support have come in.
Tony Gibbons, who works for Access Support Services, said he read the story on Wednesday and wanted to pay for Ms Huizinga's car registration.
Her registration ran out while she was in Christchurch for Cooper's chemotherapy treatment.
Life could be tough, and registration was one thing Ms Huizinga should not have to worry about, he said.
Frank Butt then called to say he had a portable dehumidifier he would like to give to Ms Huizinga.
"She wants the place nice and warm for her children, and I have one sitting here," Mr Butt said.
Ms Huizinga said she was incredibly thankful for the gestures.
"People are so nice. It makes you feel really humble. I really didn't expect that."
She had received emails of support from other families who had gone through the same process, she said.
A Trade Me auction of one of Cooper's paintings ended last night, with the final price $2000.
Ms Huizinga said that when the winning bid was made, she was shocked.
"It's so amazing. I never expected that. I don't even know these people."
The Trade Me bidder, who wished to remain anonymous, said they read the story on the Stuff website and thought, "That's a pretty sad situation".
Their little boy had been in hospital when he was younger, so they knew what it was like.
"It raised a flag and I thought, ‘That's pretty close to home'.
"She's in a pretty hard situation. I just hope and pray everything works out for them."
ASB Bank's Nelson branch in Hardy St has also stepped in to help fundraising efforts.
Bank staff are organising a sausage sizzle for next Thursday, and are setting up a trust account for Cooper.
Branch manager Michael Norton said Cooper had taken a "bit of a hard knock" and the branch wanted to do whatever it could to help. "It's a pretty tricky situation."
Customer service assistant Joy Cameron said it was great to be able to do something in the community.
"If people want to make a donation, they can just pop in."
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