Random Acts of Kindness & Technology Make Simple Wish Come True

By Patti Quinn, Xerox Public Relations 

It’s not too often you hear about a Xerox printing device making someone’s Christmas wish come true. But that’s what happened recently in Grand Rapids.  

The Xerox iGen4 Press was used to print the journal of Anthony Torrone – a man who has endured many difficult experiences throughout his life. He wrote his own prayers, by hand, in a journal as a way to keep a positive attitude during the darkest moments of his life. Year after year, Anthony’s only Christmas wish was to have his journal published, as chronicled in this news article.   

A number of people came together to make Anthony’s wish a reality – and just a few weeks ago his journal came off the Xerox iGen4 press – check out the video below. 

But there’s more to the story. Anthony’s neighborhood raised money to cover the cost of the first printing, local businesses agreed to sell his book and an independent bookstore hosted a book signing and made his book available – at no cost to Anthony.

The printers, Freeze Frame Publishing and Color House Graphics, are set to print a third run – 300 soft-cover copies – bringing the total number of books printed to date to more than 1,000. The demand has far surpassed anything anyone involved with this project could have ever imagined.

Technology can change lives and it’s heartwarming to know Xerox’s equipment was used to make Anthony’s simple wish come true; and that so many people came together to make it happen.

Pay it forward.  

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