When you’re a parent of young kids, home maintenance projects can often fall by the wayside because extra time isn’t something that comes very often. You can only hope that the people who surround you will treat you with kindness and offer grace when your home is less-than-perfect during those tough years.
Randa Ragland is a mom to five young kids and has very little spare time to spend on her home. Then she received a note from a neighbor calling her house an “eyesore” because the grass and shrubs were so overgrown. The mom then took to her Facebook page to explain why her house looks the way it does – which prompted kind neighbors to come running to help.
Randa’s youngest child, 3-year-old Jaxen, who is non-verbal and autistic, was diagnosed with Stage 4 Neuroblastoma in October 2018. She said in her Facebook post that her family’s lives “consist of doctor visits and clinic appointments”. Additionally, Jaxen has to do overnight hospital stays for chemotherapy and medical procedures/surgeries. In less than a year, Jaxen has been hospitalized 20 times and had more than 7 surgeries on his tiny body.
The brave mama shared her story not for sympathy, but to remind her neighbors that “you never know what is going on in [a person’s] life” and to urge them to offer kindness to everyone, even strangers.
Randa attached a photo of the note she received in her mailbox which read:
“Please take pride and straighten up the exterior of your house. Your eyesore is affecting the resale value of OUR homes. Who wants to buy a house near you and look at that daily? … DO BETTER!”
As soon as Randa posted the photo and her explanation, other neighbors quickly took notice and created a Facebook group, “Jaxen’s Army for Justice”. There, they started collecting donations to help with the family’s medical bills and began coordinating with each other to assist with some of the home maintenance that had been placed on the back-burner.
A group of around 30 people, none of which Randa had previously met, showed up at her home one weekend to help with household chores and to clean up the yard. Randa was touched by the kindness these volunteers showed because it proved to her that people still care during a time she was doubting just that.
In the end, the rude neighbor, who didn’t even have the courage to sign their name on the note, got what they wanted because Randa’s home was definitely spruced up. More importantly, though, was that the note sparked a community to come together to help one of their own, and let the overwhelmed mom know that she is not alone in her difficult journey.
These neighbors showed that the best response to hate is always grace and love.
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