Good people are everywhere. How do we know that? Because of the small, random acts of kindness we see taking place every day.
The child's mother, Miranda Graham, had taken to Facebook on May 1 to tell the story about how her mother-in-law had promised her granddaughter would be given her rocking chair once she passed away. But once she died, Graham continued, the chair was accidentally donated to a local thrift store known as Ups and Downs.
The Facebook post in question has since been either deleted or made private.
“She clearly stated 'I may not be around much longer to rock baby Mia in this chair but at least it's something I can give her,'” Graham's brother Nicholas Purser told reporters. Still, the thrift store refused to return the chair after it had already been donated.
Rocking chair donated to Shoals thrift store becomes viral point of controversy: https://t.co/1X5nzJ3OBN— WAAY 31 (@WAAYTV) May 3, 2017
Because of her Facebook post — which had gone viral according to ABC — both the store's Facebook page and the company's owner, Melissa Hargett, became the target of nasty online comments and attacks.
“They want me to go out of business. They wish I was dead,” Hargett says of the comments she receives online.
Unfortunately, Hargett said that once she learned of the post made by Graham, she contacted two family members who told her that the 10-month-old's mother did not have any claim to that particular piece of furniture.
As the debate heated up online, hundreds of Facebook users said they would be willing to buy the chair from the thrift store so the baby could have it back. But nobody actually did so, until May 3, when Sarah Mayfield drove more than an hour from her town to the thrift store. She then bought the chair for $200, donated another $100 to the establishment, and then gave the piece of furniture to Purser.
“It blows my mind that there are still good-hearted people out there,” he told local news.
With this one move, Mayfield was able to bring the online fight to an end while making both the thrift store owner and the child happy again.
We hear so many sad and depressing stories daily that whenever we see these good deeds, we feel as if they do not happen often enough. Perhaps, that's why we should be so grateful people are willing to go out of their way to help those who are struggling.
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