Just before Halloween, Erika Buchholz of Fort Wayne, Indiana, sent an email to her local Best Buy with an unusual request.
The mom of two told the company that her oldest son Parker absolutely adores their store. She was hoping they would let her purchase a Best Buy uniform shirt so Parker could dress up as an employee.
“Parker’s goal is to someday work at Best Buy,” Erika wrote on Facebook. “Parker has autism and has always been a huge fan of anything that involves electronics. He loves TVs, DVDs, computers, and everything about the store.”
When Erika got a response from Best Buy, it wasn’t exactly what she’d been hoping for — it was much better! “They emailed me back saying they would love to make a night of it!” she explained.
So Erika brought Parker into a Best Buy in Fort Wayne, where they were met by employees Israel Molinar, Jennifer Bau, and Tristan Wilkinson. The trio immediately got to work creating an evening their young fan would never forget.
The first order of business? Getting Parker his very own Best Buy shirt and name tag!
He also got to choose some gifts to keep! Of course, Erika said, “He then had to scan everything because he was the ‘worker.'”
Parker filled several baskets with all his favorite things and had an absolute blast using the store’s scanner to “check out.” It wasn’t hard for him to find enough items to scan, that’s for sure!
It felt like “Christmas came early” for Parker as he gleefully pretended to be an official Best Buy employee. As for the three workers, they were exceedingly kind and patient with their little friend, and Erika left feeling supported and loved by her neighbors.
Now this is what it looks like to go above and beyond! Thank you to everyone at Best Buy for treating this little boy so well. These are the sort of memories that will last a lifetime!
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