“Teira Manfredda grasped grocery shoppers’ hands and sold cookies to a small crowd gathered around a table outside Ray’s Food Place in Valley West Shopping Center Saturday morning. ‘By tonight, she’ll have her voice back,’ said Tom Leydecker, Teira’s dad,” Luke Ramseth reports for The Times-Standard.

“The 11-year-old Girl Scout — born with a chromosome deletion that mimics autism — had her prized iPad stolen out of the back of her family’s car at Grocery Outlet in Eureka this week. The iPad had an application called Scene&Heard, which helped grow Teira’s vocabulary and allowed her to communicate with others,” Ramseth reports. “On Saturday Teira, her parents and one of her Girl Scout friends, Nichole Morris, stood outside Ray’s to raise funds for a new iPad for Teira.”

Ramseth reports ,”After just two hours, Teira’s parents Colleen and Tom Leydecker said they were overwhelmed with the support from passersby. ‘It’s been incredibly busy,’ Colleen Leydecker said. ‘I never imagined in my wildest dreams it would have this effect.’ Colleen Leydecker said she got a text message of support from a Wisconsin phone number. She noticed Saturday’s story in the Times-Standard about Teira had been picked up by MacDailyNews.com.”

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