One month has passed since the Sutherland Springs church shooting, and many injured are still in the hospital recovering. The mass shooting killed 25 people, including JoAnn Ward and her two daughters, Brooke and Emily.
But Ryland, her 5-year-old stepson, survived. He survived 5 bullets two in the stomach, two in the leg and one in the elbow.
Sandy Ward, his grandmother, is happy that he survived along with his sister Rihanna, 9. The family was hoping for Ryland to be discharged from the hospital before Christmas, but that will not happen.
“It’s really been hitting me this week,” his grandmother said. “It seems like all I do is cry lots of days because I still miss JoAnn and the girls and I’m sure it will be a long time before I get over that.”
The bullets broke Ryland’s femur, and it is not healing as fast as the doctors were expecting. It seems like he will be in the hospital for month or two. Meaning he will spend the Christmas season in the hospital.
He doesn’t know about his stepmother and sisters, but Ward said, “…I’m sure he’s kind of getting some kind of idea because he’s 5, and everybody else has been up there to see him and they haven’t been there.”
So, there is one little thing you can do to make the boy feel little better. His grandmother says Ryland has only one wish, he wants a go-kart.
Ward is only asking for people who can to send the little boy Christmas cards with a dollar inside. You can write a little message or add more than just a dollar if you want.
He will be thrilled to get donations to help him boy his go-kart and a kind note from a stranger. He also would like seeing photos of other kids with their pets.
Here is the address if you want to send him a card:
P.O. Box 174
Sutherland Springs, Texas, 78161
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