This guest blog post is by Kitty Cash who has an adult son on the autism spectrum.
July 15, 2016 was a special day for my 23year-old son, Lawton. He is a frequent customer at our local GameStop. For the past ten years, we have been to GameStop about once a week. Lawton likes to trade in games and buy them back again later. He makes numerous calls weekly to the GameStop employees to ask advice, opinions, and to share his knowledge of all things Nintendo! The employees at our GameStop all know him and are always so kind and gracious to take his calls and seem to look forward to our visits there. We consider these folks dear friends and they consider Lawton part of the GameStop family.
In the month of April, our local GameStop collected the most donations for Autism Speaks in their region. The store was awarded an Apple iPad Air 2 for their accomplishment. The management decided that instead of keeping the iPad for themselves, they would give it to one of their most loyal customers who also has autism. They chose Lawton! We got a call from the manager of the store asking if we could come by. She told me what they were planning to do. I decided to make it a surprise for Lawton. They gave him a beautiful letter of recognition and the iPad. His reaction was so sweet and heartfelt.
I asked Lawton how he felt after he got the gift. He said "I wanted them to know how happy and thankful I was. Even though I don't show emotion on the outside, I show it on the inside." I believe many people with Autism would say the same.
I have to confess that the store manager, Amanda, and I were both "literally crying" too but unlike Lawton, our tears were external.
Thank you, GameStop, for showing us love and kindness through the years. And thank you for the gift of a very special day in Lawton's life.