Boy with autism wishes for trip to a furniture store for Christmas

ROCKFORD, Ill. (WIFR) -- Hatchimals, Star Wars figurines, and Shopkins are at the top of most kids Christmas lists this year, but one boy had a very different request. In fact, it wasn't a physical present; it was more of an experience.

It's not your normal Christmas wish. Eight-year-old Jack Ford's Christmas list only had one request. He asked Santa for a trip to Gustafson’s Furniture and Mattress in Rockford, Illinois.

So the Gustafson family and its employees made Jack’s wish come true. Jack’s family got just as much joy out of the visit as he did.

"Following him around and watching him get to explore and everyone was just so nice and generous it was wonderful. We really appreciate this," Jack’s mom, Jill Ford, said.

Jacks fascination with Gustafson’s all started with its TV commercials and catchy jingles.

"It’s constantly on a loop playing on our TV. He just loves singing the songs on the commercials and he just, he loves coming here," Jill Ford said.

Although he didn't ask for any gifts, the Gustafson’s wouldn't let him leave without one final present. They gave him a Gustafson's shirt with Jack’s name on it.

They were just a few simple gestures this little boy will never forget.

Jack is a student at Durand Elementary School. His teachers actually encouraged his parents to call the store after he told everyone at school his Christmas wish.

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