Here’s more proof that people across the Internet just have a whole lotta generosity up their sleeves.
Deborah Skouson recently shared a photo on her Facebook page of her 10-year-old daughter Cami’s favorite shirt, which had been discontinued. The Utah mom explained to The Huffington Post that her daughter, who has autism, was “fixated” on her top but had worn hers out.
So the mom called on social media users to help track down the top, and the Internet responded by sending her 157 shirts. Target even reached out to Skouson, promising it would have more shirts produced for Cami in larger sizes.
“People are inherently good and kind, and I’m glad I’ve been able to be a recipient of that kindness.”
“These are all total strangers,” the mom wrote in a Facebook comment about the outpouring of support. “People are inherently good and kind, and I’m glad I’ve been able to be a recipient of that kindness.”
Skouson told HuffPost that shirts have come in from all across the U.S., including from California, Idaho, Arizona, Colorado and Virginia. Even more shirts from as far as the U.K. and Germany are on their way.
“We are all connected, and we’re here to help each other.”
The acts of kindness are especially meaningful to the family since Cami has been in love with the top for years. Skouson noted in her Facebook Post that they bought the shirt from Target for the first time when her daughter was in kindergarten. To replace it, Skouson told HuffPost that she’s had to find it off of eBay, as similar shirts “didn’t cut it” for the girl. But over time, the shirt became harder and harder to track down.
While she initially offered to purchase the shirts if people were willing to sell them to her, social media users had another idea and donated all of them. And very few people accepted her offer to pay for shipping.
The mom told HuffPost that through the experience, she’s learned an important lesson.
“We are all connected, and we’re here to help each other,” she said.
Later, she jokingly added: “Also, we don’t need any more shirts!”