A social media post of a mom looking for her daughter’s favorite pink floral shirt went viral and strangers pitched in to help her out by sending over 70 copies of the exact shirt.
Last August 7, Deborah Grimshaw Skouson posted on her Facebook page asking for help from her friends and relatives in search of a replacement for her daughter’s favorite shirt. Her daughter Cami, who has autism, loves wearing her “pink flower shirt” which she first got when she was in kindergarten. According to Skouson, her daughter has been fixated on the shirt for four to five years now that she has to replace it every time it gets worn out. The shirt was already replaced four times, but unfortunately the shirt is no longer available on Target and eBay. To her surprise, the post was shared a thousand times and got the attention of the Facebook Page Love What Matters .
The family received over 70 copies of the exact shirt with more on their way and some even offered the shirt to be turned into blankets, pillows, and teddy bears. Others offered to recreate the shirt while others tried to contact Target and ask help with reproducing the shirt.
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Outpouring kindness from strangers filled the comments of the post and Deborah’s family has received more than what they have asked. The mom, overwhelmed by the compassion and kindness from strangers, commented on Love What Matter’s Post:
“I’m Cami’s mom, and I am so grateful for the kindness that my daughter has been shown! I made this post a week ago in the hopes of finding a few shirts for backup. Cami adores this shirt, and it brings her a lot of comfort and security, which is sometimes hard for her to come by in her chaotic little world. She doesn’t wear it all the time, but likes to put it on after school, and she wears it to bed as a pajama shirt. At last count, we are at 78 shirts, and I’ve had many offer to make her teddy bears, pillows, blankets, and other keepsakes out of the extras. These are all total strangers. People are inherently good and kind, and I’m glad I’ve been able to be a recipient of that kindness. May God bless you all!”
The mom’s post has brought together a group of strangers with big hearts and proven how social media can been used in the best way possible to reach out and help others.