Supermarket employee's kindness toward autistic customer leads to $110k fund for college

A Louisiana supermarket worker was praised for letting a young autistic customer help him stock shelves. This file photo represents a worker arranging cans on a supermarket shelf. (Image source: Facebook/Delaney Edwards Alwosaibi screenshot)

What began as a gesture of kindness ended up raising more than $110,000 in college tuition for a supermarket worker who helped a young, autistic customer.

It happened when Jordan Taylor, 20, was stocking the shelves of a cooler at Rouse's Market in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, last week.

Jack Ryan Edwards, 17, who has autism, was shopping with his father in the store and began watching Taylor do his job. Taylor noticed and offered to show Jack how it's done.

Jack’s father videotaped the two stocking milk and juice for about a half-hour, according to published reports. Delaney Edwards Alwosaibi, Jack's sister, later shared the video on Facebook.

What did she say?

“Talk about a stand-up young man!!!!” Alwosaibi wrote on Facebook. “We all know autism makes going out difficult, and sometimes grocery stores can be a challenge. 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."

Others were also touched by Taylor’s actions.

That led to the start of a GoFundMe page on Wednesday to help raise money to send Taylor to college. Taylor told Alwosaibi he loves math and might want to become a teacher, according to reports.

"All I know is, whatever he decides to do he will excel!” Alwosaibi wrote on the GoFundMe page. “Thank you to Jordan for what you did for our Ziggy, we will never forget!”

The campaign began with a goal of raising $10,000. But as donations kept pouring in and it was increased to $100,000. By of Sunday afternoon, $110,415 was raised.

“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,” Alwosaibi wrote.

How big is this?

The fundraiser for Taylor is currently the top campaign on the site, GoFundMe spokesperson Bobby Whithorne told Fox News.

"Donors from Baton Rouge to Bangkok have been inspired by Jordan and Jack Ryan's story,” Whithorne said. “Nearly 3,000 people have donated $100,000 from all across the US and all around the world. Donors from Japan to Germany, from Ireland to Italy, have stepped up and taken action to show their support."

In addition, the grocery store has offered Jack a job. A GoFundMe page was also set up for Jack.

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