Hector Zuniga was heartbroken when he found out that his beloved Blockbuster store in Mission, Texas had recently closed. The 20-year-old, who has autism, loved roaming the store for his favorite movies and TV shows, and was understandably bummed when he thought he’d no longer be able to see them.
But unbeknownst to Hector, his parents were busily working on a way to make sure his favorite pastime continued: They literally built him a mini-Blockbuster store, right in their home — including full signage and a rack of DVDs. (Is that not one of the sweetest things you’ve ever heard?)
And let’s just say … Hector was psyched.
His brother Javier later posted the pics of Hector’s reaction on Twitter, which so far has touched hearts everywhere, with over 32,000 retweets and 126,000 likes as of this writing.
“MY AUTISTIC BROTHER WAS SAD THAT BLOCK BUSTER WAS CLOSING DOWN SO MY PARENTS MADE A MINI ONE AT HOME FOR HIM!” Javier (who goes by Jaavii) tweeted on April 23.
Reactions on Twitter ran from strings of crying emojis to outpourings of love and generosity. In fact, several people even offered the family their own stacks of unwanted DVDs: “I have about 22 DVDs to contribute if you want them,” wrote user JerryAscione. “The $437 in late fees are worth this smile.”
We wholeheartedly agree.
Jaavii says as soon as his dad learned Blockbuster was closing, he asked to buy some of the shelves and “a ton” of Hector’s favorite movies. And when it came time for the reveal, Jaavii says it was nothing short of heartwarming: “[My parents] covered his eyes,” he tells Babble. “[And] then he was happy and started to clap and laugh with joy.”
And, just in case you were wondering whether this was the last Blockbuster on earth, fear not — there are still a handful of stores left, according to the brand’s website.