A store clerk’s kind gesture toward a boy with autism inspired generosity from strangers.
After Louisiana Rouse grocery employee Jordan Taylor, 20, invited Jack Ryan Edward, a 17-year-old boy with autism, to help him stock shelves, the heartwarming video of the act prompted Edward’s sister to pay it forward.
In an interview with WAFB, the grocery employee expressed interest in going back to college.
Delaney Alwosaibi — brought to tears when Taylor gave her little brother the experience of a lifetime — raised $100,000 through a GoFundMe so Taylor could afford to go to college and become a teacher.
Alwosaib wrote in a Facebook post:
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.
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.’ Let’s find out who ‘Jordan’ at Rouse’s on Drusilla is and hook him up with something awesome. Anyone have any ideas?
As Dearly previously reported, Taylor’s patience and compassion for the teen was an emotional moment for the family.
Alwosaibi told WAFB:
“I know Jordan mentioned he wants to go back to school. My mom and I are both special education teachers and I have to say, if he does go on to go to college I might put a bug in his ear to pursue that path because people like my brothers and my students need people like him around.”
According to The Advocate, the outpouring of donations prompted Neighbors Federal Credit Union in Baton Rouge to hand over to Taylor the keys to a brand new car.
Neighbors President and CEO Steve Webb said:
“We are so proud of Jordan for pursuing his dream of becoming a math teacher by enrolling at Grambling State University.”
Neighbors provided a car for Taylor so he can visit his parents while he’s away at Grambling State University.