A mother trying to find friends to play video games with her son has had her faith in humanity renewed.
People Magazine reports that Donna Herter of Missouri posted to social media hoping to find game buddies for her son, 24, who has Down Syndrome.
Herter took to Facebook Feb. 2 to find “a young man” willing to spend two hours with her son, twice a month, to play video games.
Her son, Christian Bowers, is often isolated. Once out of school, it can be tough for young adults with special needs to make friends.
Herter’s post reads, “I’m looking for a young man, between the ages of 20-28, who would like to make some extra money.
“Two days a month for two hours, I’ll pay you to be my son’s friend. All you have to do is sit with him and play video games in his room. Nothing else.”
The post continued, “He’s 24 and has Down Syndrome and doesn’t have any friends his age. You will not be alone with him, myself or his grandpa will be home. Obviously, he won’t know you are getting paid, but that you are there for him those 2 days. The pay is $80 for 2 hours.”
The pay is not optional, added Herter in her post, because she wants a guarantee that the person will show up.
“He’s had many people tell him ‘Someday I’ll visit’ and they never do,” she wrote.
Within 24 hours, she was inundated with responses that came from all over the world.
And then came the gifts: sports tickets, gift cards, food delivery, game merchandise, clothes, a huge new TV and innumerable other items.
Thousands volunteered to spend time gaming with Christian.
On Feb. 3, Heter posted, “I was just trying to figure out a way to get a couple friends for Christian to have over a couple times a month without them backing down. He now has so many friends that I have to pick up a planner so I can keep all the dates and times straight! I would like to say I have over 4,000 friend requests.”
People Magazine reports that the viral post has now had 60,000 shares and 26,000 comments.
That’s good, because everybody needs a friend.
Herter, meanwhile, says she is overwhelmed by the kindness of strangers.