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Dec 12, 2011 6:50 PM by Matt Stafford

7-year-old on a mission for a tablet computer

A local family is going through the same thing a lot of people are right now; the kids are asking for something this Christmas that's just too expensive for the budget. However, for this family - with a child with autism - they're finding that the iPad is a big help to their son, Alex.

Seven-year-old Alex Beem first got to play with an iPad over the summer, and he loved it. Alex likes science and found a lot of ways to use the tablet computer. His mother, Heather Beem, agrees that it's been a big help for her son. For now, the family has a smaller version in the iPod that Alex and his Brother use a lot.

"I used to have an iPod," Heather jokingly says. Now the kids have pretty much taken it over.

Alex asked for the iPad for Christmas, but the roughly $400 and up price tag was just too expensive for their family this Christmas.

That didn't stop Alex; when his family was at a fundraiser someone told him that collecting cans might be a good idea. That was all Alex needed to take on the challenge. He's already got several bags of cans stored in the garage, and he's looking for more. He's even been offered some help locally.

We'll have more on Alex's story Monday on News 5 at 6 p.m.

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