Parents Recreate Closed Blockbuster Store For Autistic Son

Adjust Comment Print

Hector Zuniga, a 20-year-old man with autism, was an avid fan of his local video rental store, visiting one of the few remaining locations in his hometown at least twice a week, according to Fox 31 Denver.

So what should parents do when their children's favorite store closes?

Rosa phoned her husband, Hector Sr., and proposed an idea: What if they purchased some of the inventory that their Blockbuster would soon be selling off and re-created the store environment for their son at home to lessen the blow? When they came home, Hector Jr. was surprised to find a Blockbuster rack stuffed with his favorite DVDs.

Zuniga Sr. said his son then began moving the movies into the position he remembered them being in the Blockbuster store.

A Texas family opened up their very own miniature movie rental store with one specific customer in mind: their autistic son.

Hector Zuniga is nonverbal, but it's obvious that he was thrilled, as he's seen in the pictures his brother posted of him smiling and clapping his hands. 'But when he saw the room, his eyes were as big as saucers'.

"[Hector Andres] is a happy-go-lucky kid", Hector Sr. said.

German FM: Netanyahu cancelation would be regrettable
Israel occupied the West Bank and Gaza in the 1967 Middle East War and has controlled the two regions ever since, despite global criticisms.

Javier Zuniga, Hector Andres' younger brother, posted about it on his Twitter and received an overwhelming number of positive reactions. "We have a surprise for you at home", he added.

Once home, the Zunigas gave Hector Andres a puzzle to play with while he processed what had just happened.

"It's hard for my son to express emotions".

1080 KRLD's Amanda Guerra asked Zuniga Sr. if there was a bigger message here he'd like to spread from this special thing his family did for their loved one.

Javii Zuniga shared photos on Twitter after the shop in southern Texas closed down this week.

"His way of saying 'I love you, ' is by going up to you and grabbing your earlobe", Hector Sr. told HuffPost.

As of Wednesday afternoon, the brother's tweet has been liked more than 127,000 times and retweeted more than 33,000 times, and counting.