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    Ian Rittall of Lewiston holds the stalk of a sunflower Wednesday in Tasha Vintinner's backyard in Auburn while smelling flowers his sister, Sydney, was given.

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    Felicia McLeod of Lewiston, left, welcomes Ian Rittall and his family of Lewiston to her home, where she had potted flowers for them. One was a sunflower to replace one Ian had been growing but lost.

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    Ian Rittall, his father, Devan, and mother, Katie, look Wednesday at the dying sunflower in their backyard in Lewiston. The 7-year-old was devastated to lose the plant he'd been nurturing, but people who heard about his loss stepped in and gave him sunflowers to replace it.

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    Felicia McLeod of Lewiston talks Wednesday about the plants she prepared for Ian Rittall and his family for their Lewiston garden. One replaces a sunflower Ian had been growing but lost. From left are McLeod, and Sydney, Ian and Katie Rittall.

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    Tasha Vintinner, left, and her daughter Keisha steady one of the sunflower plants they dug up as Ian Rittall adds potting soil in the Vintinners' backyard in Auburn Wednesday afternoon.

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    Sydney Rittall of Lewiston carries flowers given to her by Tasha Vintinner of Auburn. Sydney's brother, Ian, lost a sunflower he had been growing. When word got out on social media, people started donating sunflowers and other plants to the Rittall children.

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    Ian Rittall of Lewiston, back right, and his sister, Sydney, left, watch Wednesday as their mother, Katie, carries a sunflower from Tasha Vintinner's garden in Auburn. Vintinner and her daughter Keisha, background, dig up flowers from their garden to give to the Rittall children.

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    Tasha Vintinner steadies the stalk of a sunflower Monday in her family's garden in Auburn as Ian Rittall of Lewiston adds potting soil. The Vintinners offered sunflowers to replace one Ian Rittall was growing and lost.

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