In Pinson, Alabama, what started as a nasty note from a neighbor about an overgrown lawn has led to an amazing act of service from strangers.
Randa Ragland received an anonymous letter in the mail from a neighbor accusing her of not caring about her home, according to an article by CBS 42 News. The sender wrote that “your eyesore is affecting the resale value of our homes,” and that Ragland needed to “do better.”
Ragland says she felt a little angry at first, but that so much has been going on in her personal life that she didn’t have the energy to be negative.
Her focus has been on her family, especially her three-year-old son, Jaxen, who’s autistic and non-verbal. A few days before his third birthday last October, he was diagnosed with neuroblastoma stage four cancer. Jaxen has been hospitalized over 20 times and has had seven surgeries.
In an attempt to encourage her Facebook friends to be empathetic and kind to their neighbors, Ragland made posted about the letter and Jaxen’s story. She tells CBS 42 News that her point was to show people you don’t know what somebody’s going through, and that kindness goes such a long way.
The next thing she knew, a local business, Bernard’s Lawn Care Service, arrived at her home and cut her grass, no questions asked. Then, dozens of other volunteers organized and jumped into action. Some picked up supplies at the store for Ragland’s family, and others grabbed chainsaws to clean up her property.
Every single person that showed up to Ragland’s home was a complete stranger to her. The group assisting Ragland’s family has dubbed themselves “Jaxen’s Army for Justice.” They tell CBS 42 that they’re prepared to support the family every step of the way.
Ragland says that she’s amazed and still in shock. “I don’t have a large family. My mom is gone, my dad is gone, my brother is gone, so this means a lot,” Ragland tells CBS 42 News.
The family is still in need of support and has a GoFundMe to assist with Jaxen’s medical bills.