Target Shopping Prank Leaves 8-year-old Hearing Impaired Boy Heartbroken

The town of Southington, Connecticut, is coming together to support 8-year-old Gabe Lyles after he fell victim to a heartless prank while shopping at a local Target store last weekend. The incident has garnered significant attention on social media, prompting an outpouring of support from both the community and YouTube star Jimmy “MrBeast” Donaldson.

Gabe and his father, TJ Lyles, were shopping at the Southington Target when three men approached them, claiming to be associated with MrBeast. The men told the father and son duo that they had been selected to participate in one of the YouTuber’s famous challenges, specifically the “fill-a-cart” challenge. In this challenge, they would be blindfolded, and within 30 seconds, anything they could place in their cart would be paid for by MrBeast.

Excited by the opportunity, Gabe and TJ eagerly accepted the challenge. However, shortly after they began playing the game, the perpetrators fled, leaving the Lyles family shocked and devastated. TJ shared the heart-wrenching moment in a Facebook post, expressing his disappointment and disbelief that someone would stoop so low as to target a child with special needs.

The post quickly gained attention on social media, and the Town of Southington Commission for Persons with Disabilities decided to step in. They presented Gabe with a $200 gift card to help alleviate the disappointment caused by the prank. Target, the store where the incident occurred, also showed incredible kindness by matching the gift, allowing Gabe to have the shopping spree he had been promised.

On Sunday, Gabe and TJ returned to the Target store, where the young boy was finally able to enjoy his shopping spree. He chose Nerf water guns and water balloons, and his joy was evident as he expressed his gratitude for the support he received from the community.

Meanwhile, the story caught the attention of Jimmy Donaldson, better known as MrBeast, who is renowned for his philanthropic endeavors and for giving away cash and prizes on his YouTube channel. In response to a clip of the news interview with Gabe and TJ, shared on Twitter by @DramaAlert, MrBeast tweeted, “Give me his info!!”

Fans and followers of MrBeast were quick to interpret this tweet as confirmation that the YouTube star intends to reach out to Gabe to make things right. The gesture from MrBeast has provided hope and excitement for Gabe and his family, who are eagerly anticipating a potential contact from the renowned content creator.

As the story continues to circulate online and gain momentum, the support for Gabe and his family grows stronger. The community’s response demonstrates the power of unity and compassion in the face of adversity, while MrBeast’s involvement adds a glimmer of hope for a brighter outcome to a distressing event.

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