A Minnesota student has gone viral after his brother shared a video revealing the astonishing moment that a special pair of glasses allowed him to see in colour for the first time.
Jonathon Jones, who attends Lakeview Elementary School in the town of Cottonwood, was overwhelmed by the experience, which left him in tears.
Jonathon’s brother Ben, who posted the original clip to Twitter, accompanied the heartwarming video with the caption:
“My little brother is severely colour blind and so is his principal at school. While they were learning about colorblindness in class, his principal brought in some glasses that let him see colour for the first time, and he was very emotional.”Watch the incredible footage here:
During the clip, the school’s principle can be seen handing Jonathon the glasses, before telling him, “They’re all yours.” Jonathon, who is clearly stunned by the experience, is rendered speechless and is only able to give a thumbs-up before breaking down and being consoled by his principle and mother.
The emotional clip has now been seen over 7 million times on Twitter, and has also accrued an astonishing 100,000 likes and 20,000 retweets.
In the aftermath of the video’s popularity, Jonathon’s family decided to set up a GoFundMe page in order to secure an additional pair of the glasses, which cost around $350 dollars. On the crowd-funding platform, Jonathon’s mother wrote:
“After posting a video on social media of Jonathan seeing colour for the first time, we have been overwhelmed by how many kind, generous people have wanted to help him get a pair of his own colour blind glasses.”
“We will use these funds to purchase his own pair and donate any additional funds to a foundation who purchases colour blind glass for those who can’t afford them.”
“Thank you all for your love and compassion. We are overwhelmed and encouraged to know there are so many amazing people in this world who would help a young man they have never met.”
The campaign has been flooded with positive responses and has now generated over $20,000 against a goal of $350.