Robbie, who loves rainbows, was told that when his mom died, she went “over the rainbow bridge.” The day after she died, Erica Toma, a family member, took a picture of a double rainbow that appeared over Robbie’s school.
“I sent [the photo] to his father to help make a mental picture for Robbie,” Toma said. “As you see, one rainbow so strong and another quite vague — another symbol for Robbie to understand mommy was waiting for daddy. Now we find double rainbows all over.”
Seeing the rainbow brought joy to Robbie, but after there wasn't one the next day, Skawinski took to Facebook to ask for rainbow pictures from around the world using the hashtag #rainbowsforrobbie.
She made the request on July 22, and since then, Robbie has received more than 4,000 rainbow pictures from places including Niagara Falls, Australia, Hawaii and Taiwan. She said she hopes to put the pictures together in a slideshow with music for Robbie.
“It’s very comforting knowing that so many people have reached out to him with the simple request of a rainbow,” Skawinski said. “It’s like he has a whole world behind him now.”
Those who would like to send a rainbow to Robbie can do so by clicking here.