The Internet Sent Hundreds of Shirts to This Girl With Autism
Ask the Internet, and you shall receive.
When Deborah Skouson reached out to the Internet to help her find an out-of-stock shirt for her daughter, the world wide web rose spectacularly to the occasion and flooded her home with replicas of the shirt.
Skouson's 10-year-old daughter, Cami, has autism, which can sometimes be characterized by an aversion to change and attachment to specific objects — in this case, a flowery pink shirt that Skouson bought at Target several years previously. Cami won't wear other shirts, but with the original growing worn, her mother turned to social media for help.
Skouson expected her request to yield four or five shirt for Cami, and instead received nearly 160.
"The response has made me realize that there are so many good and kind people out there," Skouson told Glamour. "Everyone that has given us a shirt has been a complete stranger, but they have shown such love for my little girl."
Skouson told the Daily Dot that Cami was initially confused to see so many copies of her favorite shirt. "I explained to her that people gave them to her because they loved her," Skouson said.
Even Target was made aware of Cami's love for the shirt, and the company offered to make larger sizes so that she can wear them as she grows.
"I accepted their offer with tears streaming down my face," Skouson said in the same interview. "The kindness being shown my little girl has been so beautiful."
To Skouson, the enormous response from her call to the Internet represents a caring community that she and Cami never dreamed of.
"This means that my daughter will always have her favorite comfort object," Skouson told Glamour. "This shirt gives her a sense of security and calm, which is a necessity in her little world."
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Photo Credit: Facebook/Love What Matters, Courtesy of Deborah Skouson