An anonymous person’s rude note sent to a struggling neighbor has sparked an outpouring of kindness from across the community—and the country.
Prior to receiving the nasty letter last month, Randa Ragland and her family had been facing a variety of tough challenges. Her husband had lost his job; she had been diagnosed with some health issues; but ultimately, her 3-year-old son Jaxen—who is autistic and nonverbal—had been diagnosed with stage IV neuroblastoma just before his birthday.
Jaxen had already endured seven surgeries and been hospitalized more than 20 times.
On top of all of this, she opened her mailbox in Pinson, Alabama, to find an unaddressed note from a neighbor criticizing her for the state of her lawn. The note said that since her yard had fallen into disrepair, its appearance was “affecting the resale value” of their homes and that Ragland needed to “do better.”
“At first, I felt a little angry,” she told WIAT-TV News. “But so much has been going on with us and our family. I just didn’t have the energy to be negative.”
She posted a photo of the note on Facebook as a means of encouraging her friends to have patience with their own neighbors because we never know what hardships someone might be going through.
But, when her post was shared by dozens of people, it spread throughout the community and became far more inspiring than she ever hoped.
The very next day, a team of lawn care service members showed up to take care of her grass; dozens of volunteers showed up with chainsaws to clear away tree debris; and people brought groceries from the store, while others tidied up the house.
All of these volunteers joined together to form a Facebook group dedicated to helping the Ragland family—and Ms. Ragland had never met any of these people before in her life. Their compassion had an enormous impact to relieve her struggles.
“I’m in amazement. I’m still in shock,” Ragland told the news outlet. “I don’t have a large family. My mom is gone, my dad is gone, my brother is gone, so this means a lot.”
If you would also like to help the Ragland family with their medical fees and expenses, you can visit their GoFundMe campaign.
(WATCH the news coverage below… BUT, NOTE for viewers outside the USA: Click here to see the video on from WIAT-TV) – Photo released by Kimberly Quick
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