At another point, Edwards asks Taylor where he goes to school. “I graduated two years ago. I’m trying to get back into school now,” says Taylor, 20.
Alwosaibi told WAFB-TV , “My mom and I are both special education teachers and I have to say, if he does go on to go to college I might put a bug in his ear to pursue that path because people like my brothers and my students need people like him around.”
On Wednesday, Alwosaibi set up a GoFundMe account titled, “Send Jordan from Rouse’s to School.” More than $57,000 in donations had poured in by Thursday afternoon, and the total was rising hourly.
Ali Rouse Royster, a managing partner for the Rouses Markets chain, said that when people started sharing the video with her, she sent it on to the company president and human resources director.
“It was such a nice thing for him to do that I wanted to make sure they recognized that,” she told The Associated Press.
She said Rouses also has offered Edwards a job.
“It would be an hour or two a few days a week to start out. If he enjoys it, he could keep going, or shadowing someone like he was on the video with Jordan,” she said. “We always love to have a good fit for somebody in the special needs community. It’s a win all around, for us and the special needs community and the community at large.”
Edwards’ family is considering it, she said.
Taylor has worked for Rouses for about six months, Royster said. If he returns to school, she said, she’d love for him to keep working for the chain, but would understand if he wants to focus on his studies
“If he keeps doing what he’s doing, he would definitely have a future with us,” she said. “We’re always looking for people with the right attitude and work ethic.”