A Louisiana supermarket worker is reaping great rewards for his kindness toward a young, autistic customer.
A viral video showing Jordan Taylor letting an autistic teenager help him stock shelves at Rouse’s Market in Baton Rouge has raised $100,000 for the 20-year-old’s college tuition, Fox News reported.
Taylor was stocking cooler shelves last week when he noticed Jack Ryan Edwards watching him. He offered to show the 17-year-old, who has autism and was shopping with his father, how to do the job.
The patient employee reportedly spent more than 30 minutes guiding Edwards in the task of loading the cooler shelves with milk and juice.
“I’m watching a miracle in action,” the teen’s dad can be heard saying in the video he shot which was shared on Facebook by his sister, Delaney Edwards Alwosaibi. As of Monday, it had racked up over 8,000 likes and more than 9,600 shares on Facebook and led to a GoFundMe page that has twice surpassed its goal.
“Talk about a stand-up young man!!!!” Alwosaibi wrote on Facebook about Taylor. “We all know autism makes going out difficult, and sometimes grocery stores can be a challenge. This young man took the time to slow down and allow Jack Ryan to help for over 30 minutes, guiding him as he finished his task.”
She was so moved by the kindness shown by Taylor, who told her he loves math and wanted to be a teacher someday, that she set up the fundraising page.
The goal of $10,000 was quickly reached and a new goal of $100,000 was set – and then passed – as nearly $114,00 was raised globally in just four days. The fundraiser is currently the top campaign on the site, a GoFundMe spokesperson told Fox News.
“Donors from Baton Rouge to Bangkok have been inspired by Jordan and Jack Ryan’s story. Nearly 3,000 people have donated $100,000 from all across the US and all around the world. Donors from Japan to Germany, from Ireland to Italy, have stepped up and taken action to show their support,” Bobby Whithorne said.
“It might seem like nothing to others, but as you can hear my dad say in the video, ‘I’m watching a miracle right now,'” Alwosaibi wrote on Facebook.
“He could have ignored him. He could have made an excuse and said he couldn’t allow him to help. Instead, he let him have his moment and in turn gave my family a moment we will never forget,” she added.
In the wake of the attention brought on by the viral video, a friend of the family’s started a separate GoFundMe page last week to raise money to help care for Edwards and his 26-year-old autistic brother. That campaign has raised $4,220 out of its $20,000 goal in just three days.
As for Taylor, Alwosaibi has no doubt the young man has a bright future ahead.
“All I know is, whatever he decides to do he will excel! Thank you to Jordan for what you did for our Ziggy, we will never forget!” she wrote on the GoFundMe page.
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