Good Neighbors

Community Overwhelms Mother, Son With Support After Rude Note

See how a viral Facebook post lead to an outpouring of kindness.


An Alabama mother has been overwhelmed by kindness, after a nasty anonymous note was left in her mailbox.

Randa Ragland shared the note, which called her home and yard an "eyesore," on Facebook. The anonymous neighbor said that Ragland's home was affecting the resale value of the other homes in the neighborhood and said "DO BETTER."

Ragland explained on Facebook, however, that the note came at a particularly difficult time. Her husband had lost his job, and her 3-year-old son Jaxen had been diagnosed with cancer. Jaxen has autism and is nonverbal, and received the diagnosis just days before his third birthday. Simply put, Ragland did not have the money or energy for landscaping work.

But what happened next is truly inspiring--Kimberly Davis Quick, who also lives in the community, saw the post after it was shared on Facebook and was moved to help make a difference. She quickly organized a Facebook page, Jaxen's Army for Justice, to collect donations and spread awareness about the family's situation .

Then, this past weekend, more than a dozen volunteers showed up at the Ragland's home. They helped mow the lawn, clear debris and generally beautify the property. Randa Ragland couldn't believe the support she was receiving from the community.

"I just posted what I was feeling at the time," she told local television station WIAT. "I never thought in a million years it would turn into this ."

Meanwhile, Jaxen is continuing chemotherapy and treatment. According to the Jaxen's Army page, he has a 40-to-60 percent chance of survival and his doctors are optimistic. You can click here to follow along with Jaxen's journey and help support Ragland family .

We here at Sparkt love hearing about acts of kindness like this, and we want to share any acts of kindness you witness in your community right here.

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