Internet Helps Find Autistic Girl’s Favorite Shirt After It Was Discontinued
Lifestyle| | By Margo Gothelf
Thanks to a viral thread on Facebook, Deborah Grimshaw Skouson’s daughter is one happy camper!
Skouson’s daughter Cami is autistic and very obsessed with a floral shirt from Target. Skouson bought the shirt for her daughter 5 years ago and it has been her favorite shirt since. Unfortunately the shirt was discontinued in 2012.
As her daughters got older and grew out of the shirt, Skouson was able to replace it with used ones found on eBay. However, this time around Skouson was out of luck and took to Facebook to see if anyone could help out.
She shared on Facebook:
“Okay friends and family, I need your help! As most of you know, my daughter Cami has autism. For the past 4-5 years, she has been fixated on THIS shirt.
“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!)”
Skouson’s original post was shared over 4,000 times and was quickly picked up by Facebook page Love What Matters, where it was shared over 13,000 times.
Skouson’s post was a huge success and people sent her 78 flowered shirts in just a matter of days. Skouson commented back on Love What Matters post sharing:
“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!”
Target, the original maker of the shirt, even reached out to Skouson about the shirt. Looks like Skouson’s daughter is set for a while!