6 year old Ryland Ward was shot four times on Sunday and spent the entire day in surgery.— Michael Skolnik (@MichaelSkolnik) November 6, 2017
He’s currently in stable condition in the ICU. ?? pic.twitter.com/J0D8dANUEq
Little Ryland Ward experienced the worst trauma of his young life when he lost his two sisters and his mother in the horrific Sutherland Springs shooting. This Christmas, you can help bring him a little holiday cheer by sending him a card.
Ward, 5, is one of the survivors of the massacre that killed 26 people, including his mom, JoAnn, and sisters, Emily and Brooke.
As he remains in the hospital recovering from his injuries, Sandy Ward, his grandmother, is asking everyone to try to cheer him up with the simplest gift of all: Christmas cards.
“You got so many nice people that are sending a card and a dollar to Ryland," she said. "He does really enjoy that a lot."
She said he's saving his money for a Go-Kart, and that if people can send him pictures of other kids and their pets, he will be happy.
At first, Sandy Ward said she thought her grandson was going to be home before Christmas, but due to the severity of his femur and kidney injuries, the boy remains in the hospital where he will stay for six to eight weeks longer.
In order to keep the boy’s hopes up, his family is asking anyone who can spare five minutes to write him a card to do so. The Twitter community has shared the request far and wide.
5yo Ryland Ward lost his mother and sisters in the Sutherland Springs church shooting. All he wants for Christmas is cards and pics of kids with their pets. Please consider helping him out. https://t.co/q0CUj4PCOf— Covfefe Rock???? (@TheMichaelRock) December 7, 2017
Five-year-old survivor of Texas shooting is asking for Christmas cards Add Ryland Ward to your list when you send out holiday cards. He is recovering in the hospital from a shattered femur and kidney problems , where his mother and two sisters were killed. https://t.co/lnQ7NoiJ6o pic.twitter.com/NJCQsBpq6j— ?ay (@jayMAGA45) December 7, 2017
Ryland lost his mom and two sisters in the Sutherland Springs Church shooting. His family is asking if we can send Christmas letters his way. He isn’t a going to leave the hospital for 6-8 more weeks. Twitter please do your thing. #SutherlandSprings pic.twitter.com/1XyQlCpaU7— britt. (@thefliestcoco) December 6, 2017
Some famous users promptly acted, sharing with their followers that they had already sent him a card.
Done. ?? ?? https://t.co/twc4NzT9Kn— Jane Lynch (@janemarielynch) December 7, 2017
If you want to bring some happiness to Ryland Ward's life as he recovers from his wounds, you may send him a card to the following address:
P.O. Box 174
Sutherland Springs, Texas 78161
He deserves to know that people are rooting for him to get well and that there is still joy in this world, despite the tragedy he has faced.
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