A Louisiana grocery store clerk who did an extraordinary act of kindness for a teenager with autism has been rewarded for his efforts with a new car and over $100,000 for a college education, WWL-TV (New Orleans) is reporting.
Last week, Jack Ryan Edwards, who is autistic and non-verbal, was at a Baton Rouge Rouse’s grocery store with his family when he noticed Jordan Taylor, a 20-year-old store clerk, doing his job. Taylor was loading bottles of orange juice into the store’s cooler, while Jack looked on in awe. Jordan says that, even though Jack can’t speak, his (Jack’s) face told him (Jordan) that he wanted to help.
And so that’s just what Jordan did: He let the young man help him shelve the bottled O.J., encouraging Jack all along, says Jack’s sister, Delaney Edwards Alwosaibi.
“Jack Ryan was watching Jordan stock the coolers when Jordan asked Jack if he’d like to help. The smile on Jack’s face said all of the words that he couldn’t. Jack and Jordan stocked the coolers as a team, Jordan encouraging Jack Ryan as he finished each task.”
Jack’s father caught the touching interaction on video, and Delaney later posted it on Facebook.
Shortly after, Delaney started a gofund me campaign to raise money for the young man’s college goals. Within a few days, the campaign has raised enough money to pay for his college and a new car.
Take a look at the heart-warming videos above.