It's worth remembering that a small act of kindness can go a long way.
Earlier this week, an impactful viral video depicted Jordan Taylor, a young employee of Rouses Market in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, helping a customer, Jack Ryan, stock shelves.
Delaney Alwosaibi shared the clip, explaining that Jack, her younger brother, has autism and can therefore become quickly fixated on things. As Jack shopped with his father, he became transfixed by Jordan, who was refilling the supermarket's coolers.
In the original Facebook post, Alwosabi explained:
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.
The video quickly went viral and garnered thousands of shares.
Now, a GoFundMe page has been established to help pay Taylor's college tuition.
Amazingly, donations have flooded in; the initial target of $10,000 was quickly extended to $100,000, and even that goal has now been surpassed.
At the time of writing, the campaign has attracted $109,000 in donations.
The comments prove just how meaningful these incidents can be, and many were quick to highlight that Taylor's ability to make people feel at ease would help him achieve his dreams of becoming a teacher.
Other parents of children with autism praised him, with one writing:
Jordan, I cannot even begin to tell you how much this means to the world in general, but also to all of the families with children that have special needs.
Your patience, kindness and courage speak volumes, and it's nice to know people like you are still out there.
Knowing and hoping that someday my autistic child might be surrounded by people like you brings hope to my family.