When Deborah Grimshaw Skouson took to Facebook asking for help she never expected the overwhelming response she received.
Two weeks ago the Utah mum shared a picture of her daughter’s favourite shirt pleading for help in the hunt to find another.
For Deborah it wasn’t about a fashion statement. Her daughter Cami, who has autism, had become fixated on the shirt after first receiving one in kindergarten five years earlier.
Since then, the crafty mum had managed to find four more of the same shirt which went out of production in 2012.
But then eBay went dry and the final shirt became almost unwearable.
“This is where you come in,” Deborah wrote to her friends on Facebook.
“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!”
Well share they did, with the original post being shared more than 5,000 times on her own page and a further 13,000 on another Facebook page.
And the search for the magic shirt was answered again and again.
The mum revealed at last count they had sourced 78 shirts, but that wasn’t all.
“I’ve had many offer to make her teddy bears, pillows, blankets, and other keepsakes out of the extras,” she wrote.
“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.”
Sometimes it’s nice to be reminded of the good in the world.