A mother has been heartened by the generosity she encountered after she launched an appeal to find a replacement for her daughter’s favorite top.
Deborah Grimshaw Skouson’s daughter Cami, who has autism, has been “fixated” on a pink floral T-shirt from Target for more than four years.
The shirt is no longer available in the stores, so Deborah took to Facebook in a bid to find a new one.
The mom, who lives in St. George, Utah, explained that her daughter wears the top when she comes home from school and in bed.
She wrote: “She got her first one in kindergarten 5 years ago, and we have found 4 more since then, mostly on eBay. Her current one is almost unwearable, and eBay has gone dry. This shirt is a CIRCO brand from TARGET. They were sold in 2011-2012.
“This is where you come in. We need another ‘pink flower shirt,’ so will you please share this post or even just the photo? We will pay for the shirt and the shipping if someone would be kind enough to sell it to us. It has to be this exact shirt! We’ve tried similar shirts, and they don’t cut it with Cami! Thank you so much!! (any size is great!)”
The post was shared almost 4,800 times, and Deborah’s message was also reposted by the Love What Really Matters Facebook page, where it was shared more than 13,000 times (the post has been removed).
Cami’s mom later responded to the post, reporting that she had received no less than 78 shirts.
“I am so grateful for the kindness that my daughter has been shown!” she wrote. “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!”