Boy with Autism Sells Handmade Birdhouses at Durham Harvest Festival

An 8-year-old boy diagnosed with autism at a very young age sold handmade birdhouses, that he made with his grandpa, at the Durham Harvest Festival.

Posted: Sep. 16, 2018 7:50 PM
Updated: Sep. 16, 2018 8:22 PM

DURHAM, Calif. - An 8-year-old boy diagnosed with autism at a very young age sold handmade birdhouses, that he made with his grandpa, at the Durham Harvest Festival.

Doctors told the parents of Ethan that he had autism at the age of 3, but since life has passed by, Ethan looks to build crafts to help him with his confidence and independence. 

Ethan's grandfather, Joe McCoy, otherwise known as "Papa" by Ethan, works at a tree business, and he thought it was a great opportunity to spend time with Ethan, by building some houses for little birds.

The McCoy Family sold four birdhouses last Spring at the Chico Autism Walk, and the birdhouses were a success.

In May, Ethan along with his "Papa" were eager to build as many birdhouses as possible for the Durham Harvest Festival, organized by the Rotary Club.

Ethan can build five birdhouses in an under an hour at his grandpa's workshop.

In total, Ethan has made at least 60 birdhouses which are made from various trees such as Oak, Redwood, Maple or Burch. 

If anyone is interested in purchasing some birdhouses from the McCoy family contact them by email at scmccoy@gmail.com or call/text at (530)-520-3276. 

Watch the full story in the video above. 

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