BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - The touching video of a Rouses stock boy letting an autistic teen help him stock shelves with orange juice has gone viral, and the community has responded in an incredible way.
"Donors from Baton Rouge to Bangkok have been inspired by Jordan and Jack's story. In less than 24 hours, over 1,000 people donated $50,000 from all across the U.S. and all around the world. Donors from Japan to Germany, from Ireland to Italy, have stepped up and taken action to show their support. Send Jordan from Rouses to School is currently the top campaign on our site, and the global support continues to pour in," said GoFundMe spokesperson, Bobby Whithorne. As of the following Sunday, the campaign had officially earned $111,450.
Click here to donate to the campaign.
Jack Ryan, or "Ziggy," a teen with autism, and his father were shopping at the Rouses on Drusilla when Jack Ryan started to show interest in an employee stocking shelves. That employee, Jordan Taylor, noticed Jack's interest and started handing him bottles of orange juice, letting him stock the shelves.
Jack's dad secretly recorded the video and Jack's sister, Delaney Alwosaibi, posted it to Facebook, prompting an overwhelming response from the community. Alwosaibi then created a GoFundMe account to help Jordan after he expressed interest in going to college.
As of Thursday afternoon, the campaign for Jordan had raised around $54,000, money the kind young man will certainly be able to use to go to school. The University of Louisiana System, which is the state's largest higher education system, running schools such as UNO, Southeastern, UL Lafayette, and others, has tweeted that they too want to see Jordan go to college to fulfill his dream of becoming a teacher.
Everyone at WAFB was touched by the story as well, so for the station's weekly Hand It On award, we presented Jordan with $300, which he says he's going to save for college.
"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. "It might seem like nothing to others, but as you can hear my dad say in the video, 'I'm watching a miracle in action.'"
Rouses has also officially offered Jack Ryan a part-time job.