For many people living with autism, routines are an important part of maintaining a feeling of stability and comfort in their lives.
For 20-year-old Hector Andres Zuniga that routine included visiting his local Blockbuster store in Sharyland, Texas a couple times a week.
This non-verbal man had made the trip to the store at least twice each week to pick up snacks and rent his favorite movies including "Barney", "Rugrats", "Elmo" or "Blue's Clues".
That was all about to change one day when the store employee approached his mother.
The Blockbuster employee told Hector's mother Rosa, the heartbreaking news that the store would be closing.
Blockbuster had declared bankruptcy in 2010, and only a handful of stores remained open across the U.S.
“[Hector Andres] is a happy-go-lucky kid,” Hector's father, Hector Sr. said. “He’s all heart, he’s very tender, but like anyone else, he has bad days. And we knew one of those bad days were around the corner when we found out that the Blockbuster was about to close.”
That's when Rosa got an idea. Since the store would be closing its doors permanently, they would be selling off all of it's inventory and that could create an opportunity for the family to create a new routine for Hector.