The Internet Banded Together to Send a Young Girl With Autism Her Favorite Shirt
Deborah Grimshaw Skouson has spent years scouring the internet with the hopes of finding more of her daughter Cami’s favorite shirt. Cami, who’s on the autism spectrum, is attached to her favorite pink floral shirt, which Grimshaw Skouson bought from Target five years ago.
People with autism often find it difficult to find clothes that work with their sensory sensitivities. They can also become fixated with certain items – like Cami is with her pink floral shirt – making it hard to move on when the item goes missing or is ruined.
Time, like Cami’s favorite shirt, was running thin so Grimshaw Skouson did what any social media savvy parent would do: she took to Facebook to see if anyone else had Cami’s favorite shirt.
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!)
Within a week, Grimshaw Skouson’s post had been shared more than 26,000 times – over 3,000 times on her post and another 23,000 on news anchor Frank Somerville’s page. Since then, Cami has received five shirts, and at least 73 more are on their way. Some commenters have offered to turn Cami’s old shirts into stuffed animals, pillows and quilts so she can treasure them even after she outgrows them. Other parents have commented relating to Grimshaw Skouson, saying they buy their children’s favorite clothing in bulk too.