PINSON, Ala. (WIAT) — It was just supposed to be a simple Facebook post, encouraging everyone to be kind. It read in part:
“Try being kind to your neighbor or the stranger you let in when there’s traffic. Say hello to people. Just kindness.”Randa Ragland (via Facebook)
“When I wrote that, I was literally writing how I felt,” said Ragland. She tells CBS 42 that at the time, she felt like the whole world was against her.
Her three-year-old son Jaxen has been fighting stage four cancer for months. Her whole family had been starting to feel the adverse effects of the daily struggles.
And then, Ragland received a rude note in the mail from a neighbor claiming that her yard looked like an “eyesore” and that she needed to “do better.”
That’s when she took to Facebook.
“We have so much negativity in this world, why not try something new,” said Ragland.
And the community did. Dozens of strangers showed up at her home Saturday and pitched in to tidy up her home and pick up supplies for her family.
The group has dubbed themselves “Jaxen’s Army for Justice,” which now consists of members from far and wide. Those who followed the story and have now pledged their support hail from all over the country including Ohio, New York, Washington D.C., and Texas just to name a few.
“I’ve got people from Florida that have been calling me, from Virginia and Vermont,” said Ragland.
But it’s not just Americans that are in Ragland’s corner. Supporters also include those from Canada, Sweden, and Australia.
“It’s giving us hope,” said Ragland. “My son, who has autism, he was like ‘Mom, so God is real, huh?’ And I’m like ‘yeah, why do you say that?’ ‘Because we prayed about Jaxen and now everybody is helping us.'”
The GoFundMe supporting Jaxen was started nine months ago. Last week, it had generated $3,000. It is now over $19,000 thanks to international support.
An answered prayer, restored hope, and ubiquitous love: all spurred by a note mean to hurt and shame.
Oh, the irony.