In Heartwarming Gesture, Grocery Employee Invites Autistic Teen To Help Stock Shelves

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17-year-old Jack Ryan Edwards loves cold drinks more than most people do, and he also loves the cooler where these drinks are stored. So while stocking juice at a supermarket may not be a dream for the rest of the world, it was more than a dream for him. His sister, Delaney, is even calling the opportunity he was presented one day at the grocery store a “miracle.”

Jack Ryan and his family were doing their shopping at a Rouse’s grocery store in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, when they happened across Jordan Taylor, a store employee who was minding his own business, stocking the cooler with drinks.

Photo: YouTube/WSPA 7News

Photo: YouTube/WSPA 7News

Jack Ryan approached Jordan and asked for orange juice, then stood and watched as Jordan continued to put drinks on the cooler shelf. Jordan says a little voice inside him told him to ask whether Jack Ryan would like to help him stock the shelves, so he did.

Photo: YouTube/WSPA 7News

Photo: YouTube/WSPA 7News

Jack Ryan was overjoyed at the prospect and immediately got started. Jordan patiently handed him one bottle at a time, and he carefully set each one in its proper place.

Photo: YouTube/WSPA 7News

Photo: YouTube/WSPA 7News

Jack Ryan’s father recorded a video of his son helping stock the shelves, and then his sister posted it to Facebook. Delaney says she knows and appreciates that Jordan’s gesture came from the heart, because he didn’t know that so many people would be watching him in the viral video. No one, in fact, knew that the simple act of kindness would become as widespread as it did.

Photo: YouTube/WSPA 7News

Photo: YouTube/WSPA 7News

Jack Ryan’s family is grateful for Jordan’s willingness to let Jack Ryan do something he so obviously loves, even though it took a little extra time, but Jordan says the gesture wasn’t a big deal and that he was just trying to be himself.

Photo: YouTube/WSPA 7News

Photo: YouTube/WSPA 7News

“He was happy putting the juices up, and I was just happy that I could make somebody else happy.”

Photo: YouTube/WSPA 7News

Photo: YouTube/WSPA 7News

Check out the video below to see Jordan and Jack Ryan work together to stock shelves. Keep the tissues handy, because Jordan’s interview following the viral Facebook post is likely to make you tear up!

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Thank you, Jordan, for your simple act of kindness! And congratulations to Jack Ryan on this awesome opportunity!

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