A Victorian father shares kind act on Facebook from a Coles team member during ...

A Victorian father shares kind act on Facebook from a Coles team member during ...
A Victorian father shares kind act on Facebook from a Coles team member during ...

A father has thanked a Coles team member for a heartwarming gesture that brightened the day for his autistic son.

Posting his experience on Facebook, Dave Gamble had taken his autistic eight-year-old son, Tim, grocery shopping on Thursday at Cardinia Lakes, on Melbourne's eastern fringe.

Tim had experienced very little contact with strangers during lockdown, but enthusiastically approached the Coles staff member who was packing biscuits onto  shelves.

Seeing Tim's interest, the employee 'Shane' asked the young boy if he would like to help and they began stacking together, and later rewarded him with a box of chocolates for his hard work. 

A Victorian father has thanked a Coles team member for his heartwarming gesture to let his 8-year-old son Tim pack shelves with him at a Cardinia Lakes store (pictured)

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A Victorian father has thanked a Coles team member for his heartwarming gesture to let his 8-year-old son Tim pack shelves with him at a Cardinia Lakes store (pictured)

'Shout out to this amazing team member from this morning at your Cardinia Lakes store,' Mr Gamble wrote on Coles' Facebook page.

'When my non verbal, autistic son approached him, curious what he was doing with all the biscuits (my son loves biscuits), this guy stopped and showed him and they spent a happy five minutes or so putting the biscuits on the shelf together.

'And then, 10 minutes later, your team member found us again a few aisles over and gave him a box of chocolates for being such a great helper.

Tim was delighted when the Coles worker, known as Shane, rewarded him with a box of chocolates for his hard work (pictured)

Tim was delighted when the Coles worker, known as Shane, rewarded him with a box of chocolates for his hard work (pictured)

'For a boy who doesn't get to get out and socialise much due to all the lockdowns at the moment - and when he does they can be challenging - this was a little interaction and an amazingly generous gesture that made his day.'

The heartwarming post and Shane's generosity won praise from hundreds online .

This is my local store & that guy is really lovely!' wrote one person

'Hats off to this employee and Coles,' commented

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