Grocery Store Employee Helps Teen With Autism Stock Shelves In Sweet Viral Video

"He let him have his moment and, in turn, gave my family a moment we will never forget."

Autism spectrum disorder affects more than 2 million people in the United States, according to AutismSpeaks.org.  The disorder can manifest in a variety of ways, but for many, too much stimuli, loud noises, and social interaction can be challenging. 

For one 17-year-old with autism named Jack Ryan "Ziggy" Edwards, the grocery store can be particularly difficult. In a Facebook post from July 30, his sister, Delaney Edwards Alwosaibi, wrote about a recent experience her brother had at the store. 

During Edwards's trip to their local Rouses Market in Baton Rouge, La., Alwosaibi says an employee named Jordan Taylor helped make the teen's visit very special.

Edwards saw the 20-year-old stocking the shelves in the refrigerated section of the store and took an interest in it. Taylor picked up on it and decided to get Edwards involved.

Edwards's dad was with his son and captured video of the two stacking the shelves of juice together. It was a simple act, but it meant so much to the family.

"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," Alwosaibi explained. "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."

Edwards's father can be heard in the video saying, "I'm watching a miracle right now."

Alwosaibi wanted to thank Taylor for creating such a special moment for her brother so she set up a GoFund Me page for him at the suggestion of other Facebook users. She reports that Taylor loves math and would possibly like to be an educator, so she is hoping the money raised can help fund his education. As of August 1, the page had received $965 of its $10,000 goal.

Taylor told WAFB that he had simple intentions for asking Edwards to help and didn't expect the response the video has received. "I was just happy that I could make someone else happy and make their day," he stated.

He added, "If you would have flipped the camera, you would have seen [Edwards's] dad's face. It said it all."

(H/T: Scary Mommy)

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