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Mom with special needs child breaks down in Target after seeing store's sign

Apr 26, 2018
09:15 A.M.
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A mother-son duo received an unexpected surprise on an otherwise normal day, which brought them down to tears of joy and emotions.

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Jamie Sumner and her child with special needs, Charlie, who has cerebral palsy, got a special surprise during their visit to a Target store in Nashville, Tennessee.

According to Inspire More, while Sumner was strolling around the store with Charlie, in one of his rare outings, they suddenly spotted a sign hanging up that displayed a handicapped child using a walker.

As soon as Charlie noticed the sign, he became aware that the child in the image represented children like himself. He understood that it represented all those who were differently-abled, the source suggested.

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When Charlie saw it, he immediately "smiled and clapped" while pointing at the sign. Seeing the joy on her child's face because of the sense of belonging he had felt, Sumner broke down in tears.

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She explained how she saw the recognition of "kin for kin, like for like" in her child and recalled the moment as "beautiful." She started crying right in the middle of the aisle with other people stopping to observe them.

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Then after a while, those people also noticed the sign and understood what was happening. "It was such an unexpected moment of connectedness among strangers in the middle of Target in the middle of a week on an otherwise ordinary day," Sumner said.

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She also explained that the real reason behind her emotion outpour was that she had spent most of Charlie's young life requesting other people to include him, but Target store had done so without her having to make a special request.

She made a few more trips past the sign on the aisle hoping that soon more and more businesses and sellers would start incorporating people with special needs in their 'public messages' and advertising.

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