Melt Your Heart Moment Captured at Target
This story melted my heart this morning. Coming from a mom with two kids I can't even imagine having a little two year old in a wheel chair. The everyday struggles of getting around and realizing how much we take walking around for granted.
In Arizona, there was this adorable toddler who uses a wheelchair and he experienced a “beautiful awe moment” when he saw a display in a Target store that featured a huge picture hanging in the clothing section of a boy in a wheelchair. Just like him.
Oliver “Ollie” Garza Pena, who is almost 2 years old, was shopping with his mother at a Target in Peoria when he saw the display, KNXV reported. The photograph that accompanied a Facebook post about the boy has since gone viral.
“He just stared at it in awe! He recognized another boy like him, smiling and laughing on a display at Target,” according to a February 4th post on Ollie’s World’s Facebook page. “Oliver sees kids every day, but he never gets to see kids like him.”
Pena has a rare congenital condition called caudal regression syndrome, or sacral agenesis, which affects development of the lower spine and can impact organ function.
“I am so happy that other kids that pass through here with their parents, will see this!” the Facebook post at Ollie’s World said. “There is a lot of focus on representing diversity, but representing people with disabilities is just as important!”
“It was just a beautiful moment to see," Demi Garza-Pena, Oliver’s mother, told KNXV. “Him admiring somebody like him because he doesn’t get to see that often.”
A Target official was pleased with the response.
“It’s what we live for, what we love to see that kind of backing and see that support not only for Ollie but just the things Target’s been doing,” Luca Bakemeier, the Target store director in Peoria, told KNXV.
This is the post that was on Facebook: