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When A Negative Turns Into A Positive #WATWB

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Welcome to the “We are the World Blogfest” (#WATWB ). The #WATWB was inspired by a simple conversation about how all the negativity on social media was weighing on us. Wanting to make a difference we decided to try to do our part to infuse social media with all the good stories that are out there. We hope to share the stories that show kindness, compassion, hope, overcoming challenges and in general, the impressive resilience of the human spirit. For every dark, negative story out there, there is a positive, heartwarming story that will add some light and lift the human spirit. The last Friday of every month bloggers will share their stories led by five co-hosts, this month’s co-hosts are  Susan Scott, Peter Nena, Shilpa Garg, Mary J. Giese and Damyanti Biswas.  Our next post is on September 27th, 2019! To learn more about WATWB or to join us click here. For updates, news and monthly reminder notifications please join us on our FB page here or follow us on our new Twitter account: @WATWB


“Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a battle you know nothing about.” ~ Wendy Mass

This is a quote that I love and it rings so true especially in the case of Randa Ragland. When young Mom of five Randa Ragland received a letter in her mailbox from a neighbour calling her house an “eyesore” because the grass and shrubs were so overgrown she was understandably upset.

Complaint Letter to Randa

Ragland whose three-year-old non-verbal autistic son Jaxsen had recently been diagnosed with stage four neuroblastoma, a form of cancer had her hands full. Between taking care of her other children and hospital trips with Jaxsen she didn’t have the time or energy to do much work on her lawn. Frustrated the then took to her Facebook page to explain the state of her house and why it looks the way it does. Little did she know that post, venting her frustration would prompt kind volunteers to unite together and help Randa.

A dedicated group of volunteers including a landscaping company, came to her aid cleaning up her lawn, purchasing supplies for Jaxsen and banding to form a support network for her.

Joey Harding was one such volunteer who showed up to pitch in. He lost his own daughter, Lulu, to the exact same type of cancer that Jaxen is suffering from.

“Words can’t describe what this means to me right now,” he told ABC 7. “It’s helping me cope with losing my daughter, to help another family in need.”

via https://globalnews.ca/news/5735747/mom-son-cancer-gets-spiteful-note/

To see what her neighbours did, watch the video below:

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24 thoughts on “When A Negative Turns Into A Positive #WATWB”

  1. This story illustrates that you never know what someone is going through. Plus, kindness goes so much further than negative notes… unless the negative note is the catalyst for the kindness. Thanks for sharing and being an integral part of #WATWB.

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    1. I agree and even the story about the volunteer who lost his daughter to the same disease finding solace in helping someone else. In this case, that note probably did much more good than bad. Thank you so much for taking the time to stop by and for all you do for #WATWB! Hope you have a fantastic week! 🙂

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    1. I agree, I loved the volunteer who just lost his daughter talk about how it was helping him too. Thanks for being my “partner in crime” 😉 in #WATWB and for taking the time to stop by! Hope you have an incredible week! 🙂

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  2. Belinda, what a beautiful story of love and caring in a community. Whoever wrote that note…I hope they never find themselves in a similar situation and understand they should have offered help rather than hurtful words.

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    1. I am sure the note-writer probably feels pretty embarrassed about what they did, this received quite a bit of press. Let’s hope it changes that neighbour for the better, perhaps they’ll learn to be a little more compassionate. Thanks so much for taking the time to stop by and for being a part of #WATWB! Have a fabulous week! 🙂

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  3. What a great story! It’s a good reminder to think carefully and get more information before we criticize, even in our heads, because really don’t know all the battles someone is facing. It also shows the value of reaching out and sharing our feelings about what’s going on in our lives.

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    1. I couldn’t help but share it one judgemental, mean-spirited letter was the catalyst for something amazing that will help both Randa and the volunteers who are helping her. Let’s hope the neighbour learns a valuable lesson too! Thanks so much for stopping by and for being a part of the #WATWB family! Have a great week! 🙂

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  4. Hi Belinda – what a quite wonderful reaction from her community and those around, who have read her story … and come to help … amazing. I loved the words in the video: ‘sticks and stones can break your bones, but words can inspire a whole community’ – great great words. Thank you for letting us know about Randa Ragland … what an awe-inspiring woman. All the best – cheers Hilary

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    1. It seems to be cathartic for Randa and for the volunteers, especially the gentleman who lost his daughter from the same disease. Let’s hope it helps the neighbour learn a little compassion as well. Thank you so much for stopping by and for being a part of the #WATWB family. Have a fantastic week! 🙂

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    1. I agree, a lesson for all involved, Randa learns she is not alone, the volunteer who lost his daughter learns the healing power of helping others, and hopefully, the neighbour learns a little compassion. Thanks so much for taking the time to stop by and for being a part of the #WATWB family! Hope you have an incredible week! 🙂

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    1. Me too, touched by everyone’s willingness to prove to this woman she wasn’t alone. Loved the father who had lost his daughter helping out…healing his grief through helping others. Thanks so much for stopping by and for being a part of #WATWB. Have a great week! 🙂

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    1. I agree, for every horrible, judgemental person out there there are dozens that are good. Thanks so much for taking the time to stop by and for being a part of #WATWB. Hope you have an amazing week! 🙂

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    1. I just loved the lesson behind it too…sometimes you have no idea what battles people are enduring. I also loved the volunteer who just lost his daughter stepping up to help someone who is where he was, that is true courage through grief. Thanks so much for stopping by and for being a part of #WATWB

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  5. This was so relatable – a neighbour, who has no idea of your struggles, judges you on the appearance of your house. I love the outcome though and my heart goes out to this brave woman. Lovely story.

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