Deborah Grimshaw Skouson's daughter, Cami, loves her favorite shirt. She loves it so much, in fact, that she has worn the same shirt — in ever increasing sizes — as often as possible over the last five years. Any parent who has ever had a kid grow attached to an object, whether it's a stuffed animal, blanket or favorite shirt, knows how painful it can be when that object goes missing.
But for Cami, who has autism, this shirt isn't just a favorite article of clothing. According to her mom, "it brings her a lot of comfort and security, which is sometimes hard for her to come by in her chaotic little world."
So you can imagine Grimshaw Skouson's panic when she attempted to find the next size of Cami's favorite shirt only to discover that it's not made anymore, and her eBay sources had run dry. The flowery shirt in question was made by Circo and sold by Target from 2011 to 2012.
In her quest, Grimshaw Skouson did what any modern day parent would do — she posted a pic of the shirt on Facebook asking friends and family to spread the word and see if anyone could find a replacement. She offered to pay for the shirt and for all shipping costs to any kind soul willing to send her that shirt.
Grimshaw Skouson's post was shared more than 4,800 times, but then it really went big. It was picked up by the Facebook page "Love What Matters," where it was shared more than 13,400 times.
All of that sharing brought forth a treasure trove of shirts for Cami. At last count, Grimshaw Skouson has received 78 replacement shirts as well as offers to make teddy bears, pillows, blankets and other keepsakes out of the same material.
"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," said Grimshaw Skouson in a comment on the Love What Matters post.
With all of the bad news in the world these days, this story reminds us to look for the good — because it's out there in full force every day!