A 5-year-old boy who was shot five times during last month’s church massacre in Sutherland Springs, Texas is thanking people across the country for fulfilling his Christmas wish.
Ryland Ward, 5, lost three members of his family at First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs when a gunman opened fire, killing 26 including his stepmother and two of her daughters. Ryland survived, but was shot five times. He’s been recovering in the hospital ever since, TODAY reports.
Because of his injuries, Ryland won’t be able to go home for Christmas. His family asked strangers to send him some holiday cheer by sending cards. They told KSAT that he loves to get cards from other kid, read about their pets and look at their pictures.
The family asked people to enclose $1 in their card, if they wished to contribute towards Ryland’s wish for a go-kart this Christmas.
Since putting out their holiday request, cards have flooded in. His family posted the dollar bills on a wall in his hospital room.
According to a Facebook post by Ryland’s grandmother, he’s been in high spirits lately. He loves reading the card sent to him from strangers all over the country.
“They can hardly keep him in his room lately. It’s so good to seem him up and around the last couple of days. He wants to go, go, go. Praise the Lord! We’ll be so happy when he can come home,” grandmother Sandy Stokes Ward wrote.
If you would like to send Ryland a card, you can send it to:
P.O. Box 174
Sutherland Springs, TX 78161