Awesome: Waiter who stood up for boy with Down syndrome brings gifts, donations to child’s school

And now for the uplifting palate cleanser of the week.

In January, Twitchy told you about Michael Garcia, the Houston waiter who refused to serve a customer who insulted Milo Castillo, a five-year-old boy with Down syndrome. After he overheard the man say, “Special needs children need to be special somewhere else,” Garcia told him, “I’m sorry, I can’t serve you.”

The heartwarming story didn’t end there.

Garcia’s story lit up social media and letters, money and gifts poured in from all over the world, including “a box with Star Wars t-shirts and toys … with a handwritten note from Lucas Films.” Garcia says all of it is going to Milo and his classmates at the Rise School of Houston, a school that serves children with and without developmental disabilities.

“I couldn’t keep one penny of it,” Garcia explained. “It wouldn’t be right. I’ve really taken a look at myself and it’s really changed me.”

Garcia presented gift cards and a check for $1,145 to the school, and the students honored their hero with a celebration.

What’s next for Garcia? He’s still working at Laurenzo’s restaurant and says he’d like to volunteer at the Rise School.

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