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Acts of Kindness

Woman "Watches A Miracle" At Grocery Store

August 6th, 2018

Families of people with special needs are constantly reminded that their loved ones are different.

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Delaney Edwards Source: Delaney Edwards

They can struggle to take them in public because of their behaviors or sensitivities, and they often wonder what strangers think of them.

One family recently got some reassurance and had to share their story about a young grocery store employee who took the time to allow their loved one with autism to help him stock shelves.

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Delaney Edwards Source: Delaney Edwards

Delaney Edwards shared the story.

She said, “I have two siblings with autism, Chase and Jack Ryan. Jack Ryan is 17 and struggles with communication and appropriate social interactions due to his diagnosis. His speech is limited, but the smile on his face, while he was working with Jordan, spoke all of the words he couldn’t say!

My dad took Jack to Rouse’s yesterday and apparently he was interested in stocking the shelves. We all know autism makes going out difficult, and sometimes grocery stores can be a challenge. My dad and Jack Ryan were walking around when Jack showed an interest in what an employee was doing. Instead of ignoring him or making an excuse as to why he couldn’t help, Jordan allowed Jack Ryan to be a part of it and didn’t stop until Jack was satisfied. This young man, Jordan, took the time to slow down and allow Jack Ryan to help for over 30 minutes, guiding him as he finished his task. Jack Ryan is very detail oriented and meticulous, and you can see in the video that he did a great job stocking!”

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Delaney Edwards Source: Delaney Edwards

She continued, “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.

My dad texted the video to my brother and I two days ago and I immediately teared up. This means so much to our family because there was a time when Jack Ryan could barely handle going into a store. To see him working and feeling a sense of accomplishment was a great moment for us. 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.’”

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Delaney Edwards Source: Delaney Edwards

What I’d like people to know is they shouldn’t be scared to follow in Jordan’s footsteps. I understand that approaching someone with a disability may be intimidating if you feel as though you might not say or do the right thing to help them, but Jordan just went for it! Step out of your comfort zone and give someone a chance. People with disabilities are capable of producing quality work and thriving in a work environment if given the right support. I hope Jordan’s act of kindness and selflessness inspires others to ‘be a Jordan.’

I really was shocked completely by Jordan’s kindness and patience. He didn’t have to do that. That’s pure, raw selflessness. Let’s find out who ‘Jordan’ at Rouse’s on Drusilla is and hook him up with something awesome.”

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Delaney Edwards Source: Delaney Edwards

Jordan didn’t just make the day of this young man with autism, he made the whole family’s day.

They were so thrilled to see a stranger taking the time to care about their loved one’s feelings and not being scared or bothered by his behavior.

While going out with Jack Ryan may be difficult for them, now that they know there are people out there who are understanding and willing to help, they may be more likely to do it.

Watch the video footage below.

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Delaney Edwards Source: Delaney Edwards

This young grocery store employee didn’t have to go out of his way to help out this family.

He chose to do the right thing, and by doing so, he made a lot of people happy. Hopefully, the family is able to get him some attention and give him a nice reward for being so kind to Jack Ryan in the store that day. Other people who see this video may be inspired and choose to do the same.

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Posted by Delaney Edwards Alwosaibi on Monday, July 30, 2018

Posted by Delaney Edwards Alwosaibi on Monday, July 30, 2018

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