Twitter Rallies to Help Find Beloved Discontinued Dress for a Little Girl with Autism
Oftentimes the internet is used for nefarious purposes like cyberbullying and scamming. But sometimes the internet shines a torchlight on the very best of human behaviour. And when it does, oh, it’s so very wonderful!!
Over the weekend a woman named Deborah Price went viral on Twitter after sending out a plea for help finding an item of clothing for a young girl with autism.
She claims her friend’s daughter will only wear one specific item of clothing every day, a long grey dress with a rainbow heart on the front, and as such her mum was hoping to get hold of a few more of them so her daughter never has to be without one.
Friend’s autistic daughter only wears this dress. Don’t judge. Sometimes people can’t cope with certain stuff &it doesn’t matter in the grand scheme of things does it. Question is has anyone got this @nextofficial dress from 3yrs ago in age 11plus & if so can we buy them off you? pic.twitter.com/unQQeWWZma
— Deborah Price (@deborahprice1) July 6, 2019
The response she received was overwhelming, to say the least!
Thousands of people liked and shared the post, with many offering to help in any way they could.
Several mums raided their children’s wardrobes to find their old dresses to donate, while others volunteered to make similar style outfits and hunted down links to the dress on eBay.
My 12year old has got one in a size 12 years! If you send me your address we’ll pop it in the post 😘 pic.twitter.com/0FQnPcQx7Q
— Nicole Arumugam (@NicoleArumugam) July 7, 2019
I have managed to find two for sale on eBay, unfortunately neither are the right size but I am wondering if they could be altered to fit? pic.twitter.com/3AzRnLPG6F
— Louise Champion (@LouiseJChampion) July 7, 2019
The manufacturer even got involved in the search, offering to contact their suppliers to run another batch of the dress.
Hey Deborah, we have dropped this item from our range but we’d still like to help get this item for your friend’s daughter. We can’t guarantee it but we will try our very best to contact the supplier and see if we can produce a few more batches of this dress.
— Next (@nextofficial) July 6, 2019
Even people who didn’t know where to find the dress still shared their support. “I have 4 autistic kids, I absolutely know the horror of growing/wearing out favoured clothes. Good luck with the search,” one parent tweeted.
The little girl’s mother Kate added to the conversation with a photo of her daughter Elise in her favourite dress, expressing her gratitude for the outpouring of kindness.
Thank you so much Debs & Next for all the help and effort for my gorgeous girl yesterday. I really really hope that Next can pull this off for us. Fingers crossed. Much love to everyone who retweeted. #asd #asdgirl #brokenheartdress ❣️❣️ pic.twitter.com/950x9bBw8Y
— Kate Bell (@MousMakes) July 7, 2019
After seeing all the positive feedback, Deborah admitted she was “absolutely bowled over by the kindness of strangers” and said it had helped restore her faith in human nature.
She added: “You’ve made a little girl really happy to continue to be in her favourite dress.”
Source: Twitter/Kate Bell