Kids & Family

Woman's Text to Wrong Number Leads to Stranger's Act of Kindness

When he found out the dire reason for the text, he sprang into action.

Ever send a text to the wrong person and then have to ward off many unwanted responses (and mysterious cat photos) from a total stranger?

This is not one of those times.

Abby Fink sent a text to her friend Alex Jakeman about plans to bring him and his family dinner the following evening. The Jakeman's were at Phoenix Children's Hospital caring for their four-year-old son, Noah, who was fighting for his life after having a seizure that caused respiratory failure the night before. She realized she accidentally sent the text to the wrong number when a stranger responded with a joke, "Ooooh! What're you bringing me? I'm allergic to seafood."


When Fink let the stranger know the situation, he asked how he could help. Fink told him to pray for Noah. Turns out, the stranger, Bill Clayten, is a father and while he said he doesn't pray much, he felt the moment was a great opportunity to teach his son the lesson of helping others. So, Clayten started a fundraiser on Facebook to help raise money for Noah's family and rallied friends to send gifts and cards to the hospital to help lift the boy's spirits.

Noah Jakeman (right) rests with his brother in the hospital. Help for Noah Jakeman

When Noah's parents heard about Clayten's efforts to help the family, they were overwhelmed.

"We were just touched, and in awe, that a perfect stranger, all he knew was that a little boy was in the ICU and he just wanted to jump into action," Noah's mother, Alex Jakeman, told CNN .

While Clayten has since taken down his fundraiser in order to not distract from the family's current GoFundMe campaign, he has asked those who would still like to donate to contribute to the family's fundraiser, or to The Armer Foundation for Kids, a charity that helps to reduce financial barriers for families so they can focus on taking care of their children with chronic diseases.

(Source: Bill Clayten Facebook )

To make a donation to The Armer Foundation, click here.

To contribute to the Jakeman family's GoFundMe, click here.

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