UPDATE: Thank you for your generous donations everyone! Jaymn got his iPad! All other money donated will be used for his college education. Video coming soon :)
This is my friend Jaymn. He is one of the sweetest kids I know. He has the brightest smile you will ever see, and a true heart of gold. Every time I see Jaymn he runs up to me and asks me questions about my day, tells me I look nice, and anything I say back to Jaymn makes him glow. Jaymn loves people. Jaymn also has down syndrome, and he has looked his disability square in the face and has decided that he is not going to let his mental disability get him down. He has had an incredibly difficult life, but you would never think so by talking to him, because he is so positive about everything. He listens to his mom, he never curses, and he loves to draw. He is truly a treasure.
June 2012 was probably the greatest month of Jaymn's life. He turned 18 and graduated from high school. When Jaymn walked across the stage to receive his diploma, he got more cheers than any other student in his class. Everyone loves him, it is impossible not to. He was so excited about continuing his education by starting a special-ed college program at SDSU, and entering the workforce with a part-time job at Petco. He saved all of his birthday and graduation money in hopes that he would be able to buy an iPad and new clothes for school. Things were looking so good for Jaymn.
Then something happened that crashed Jaymn’s world. Jaymn's house was robbed. The thief not only stole all of his mother's jewelry, but he also stole all of Jaymn's money and gift cards he had been saving. His mother knew it had to be someone they knew, based on the intruder knowing where she kept Jaymn's savings. How someone who knew this boy could do this to him is simply beyond my comprehension. The police were called and they conducted a thorough investigation. They concluded that someone inside the home stole the items, and then broke the window screen to make it seem like someone had broken in. This information made it painfully obvious to Jaymn's mother who had stolen the money: Jaymn's best friend. They immediately confronted this person, and he was unable to look them in the eye, and has since not been seen.
The aftermath of this crime has been extremely painful. Jaymn is devastated and cried for days after he realized his best friend had betrayed him. The monetary loss was a distant second to the emotional pain of losing a friend.
I know an iPad and some new clothes won't erase the pain of this experience, but I am absolutely determined to raise the money Jaymn needs for these things by October 1st, because I want him to know that he is special, and people do care about him. Jaymn's mother is on a fixed income, and his family struggles to make ends meet. He would have had to save his money for probably a year in order to raise my goal of $1,000. I feel that Jaymn deserves this money, so he can start school feeling confident and with the knowledge that despite the few bad eggs, humanity is basically good. It is my hope that my friends will help me spread the word about this fundraiser, and I can come back here and post a photo of Jaymn going to SDSU in new clothes with his iPad. I hope this story will spread far and wide and we are able to do this for Jaymn. If anyone questions the validity of this story, we can provide police reports and investigation numbers. For those of you who know me, please know this is incredibly important to me, and this is the first fundraiser I have ever started. I had Jaymn’s mother set up a pay pal account, and all money donated does not touch my hand, but goes straight into this fund for Jaymn. Jaymn’s mother is a wonderful person, and part of my hopes in doing this is to ease her heartbreak as well. She does everything she can to support her son, and really doesn’t get too much help. Please help Jaymn replace his stolen gifts, and send him to college in new clothes with a new sense of confidence and happiness.