Little boy gets thousands of photos of rainbows after enduring a family tragedy

July 31, 2017 4:58 pm Last Updated: July 31, 2017 4:58 pm

When a little boy named Robbie asked for pictures of rainbows on social media, thousands of people were happy to comply, but what really makes this story a tearjerker is the reason why he asked for them in the first place.

Somewhere over the rainbow…

Robbie's FaceTime with Inside Edition must have been tiring. Lol he went and got a blankie.

Posted by Crystal Skawinski on Friday, July 28, 2017

Robbie lost his mother Shelly Ecuyer, early this past May when she succumbed to gastroparesis and cystic fibrosis. Robbie’s father then passed away later that month after a battle with addiction. His aunt, Crystal Skawinski, a mother of two, became Robbie’s legal guardian.

Posted by Crystal Skawinski on Tuesday, July 25, 2017

“The first loss, my sister, was hard enough,” Skawinski explained. Robbie was an autistic boy and he was used to consistency in his life, but all of it was suddenly gone.

“He lost his bedroom, his toys, his mom, his dad and everything that was consistent in his life,” his aunt explained.

When his mother died, Robbie’s aunt tried to explain to him that she went “over the rainbow bridge,” due in part to his love of rainbows. The day she passed, a double rainbow could be seen over Robbie’s school, and  another relative, Erica Toma, took a picture to preserve the memory.

“I sent the photo to his father to help make a mental picture for Robbie,” said Toma.

“As you see, one rainbow so strong and another quite vague — another symbol for Robbie to understand mommy was waiting for daddy,” Toma explained.

This is my nephew Robbie. I am his legal guardian since May 25th 2017. Robbie's mom, my sister/ passed away after a long…

Posted by Crystal Skawinski on Monday, July 24, 2017

However, when Robbie was unable to find a rainbow one day after it rained, be became quite upset. Wanting to help, Skawinski turned to Facebook, and asked people to send Robbie pictures of rainbows, using the hashtag #rainbowsforrobbie. She also asked people to state the place where the rainbow was spotted. So far, thousands of people have replied to the post.

People from all around the world wanted to help Robbie!

Posted by Marianne Johnson on Monday, July 31, 2017

Soon, people from around the world wanted to help Robbie with photos from Niagara Falls, Belgium, Australia, Hawaii and Taiwan.

Posted by Eva Boudry on Monday, July 31, 2017

“He’ll know one day when he’s a little bit older, that all this was for him,” Skawinski said, according to ABC News.

Posted by Cindy Eijsackers on Monday, July 31, 2017

“The outpour has been amazing.”

Posted by Patricia Krabbenborg on Monday, July 31, 2017

For readers who would like to send a picture of a rainbow to Robbie, you can go here.