Jaxon Maples is bright and curious. He also has autism. From an early age, he's been drawn to the sound of mechanical objects. So when he discovered the appliance section during a family visit to the local Lowe's store, it felt like wonderland. His mom, Shauna Rippee, says Jaxon's love for the hardware store has been a godsend. "We are so thankful that we know how to calm him down. We just get in the car and go to Lowe's.
When Rippee contacted Lowe's head office to explain her son's unique situation and ask if he could have one of their signature associate vests, she got more than expected. The store not only sent Jaxon a vest. They made him an honorary associate and gave him a bounty of child-friendly branded merchandise. "My team was really inspired by his story and connection to Lowe's," said store manager Marty Davis. "Jaxon's visit brought several associates to tears."
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