Neighbors FCU, Baton Rouge, La., has rewarded a grocery store clerk whose act of kindness toward an autistic 17-year-old went viral with a new car.
Jordan Taylor, 20, an employee of Rouses Market, had been shelving bottled orange juice when he noticed Jack Ryan “Ziggy” Edwards watching him. Edwards was transfixed by the work, Taylor told news outlets, so the clerk asked if Edwards wanted to help. The two quickly established a system in which Taylor picked up orange juice and milk containers and handed them to the teenager, who promptly put each carton in its proper place.
A video of their interaction attracted thousands of responses on social media and made national news headlines.
Then on Tuesday, Neighbors FCU in Baton Rouge announced it had given Taylor a new car.
“We are so proud of Jordan for pursuing his dream of becoming a math teacher by enrolling at Grambling State University,” Neighbors President/CEO Steve Webb said. “We are elated that Neighbors is able to provide a car for Jordan to visit his family while he is away at college.”
A GoFundMe page set up for Jordan’s education. His goal of becoming a teacher now seems in reach now that the fund has raised over $100,000.