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Tuesday, June 7, 2016

The kindness of strangers can sometimes stop you in your tracks. And one stranger’s generous spirit has really made a difference for a disabled veteran.

Christopher Garrett was a specialist and team leader in the Army’s 10th Mountain Division. While serving our country in Afghanistan, Garrett was shot in the abdomen. His injuries forced him to retire.

Once home, Garrett would mow his lawn every week. This is a big task for someone with such injuries. Someone must have noticed the disabled Army veteran doing this and decided to help the wounded warrior.

His wife Brittany posted about the surprise on Facebook:

“Where do I begin? Something amazing happened today! As I was getting ready for my day, my husband appeared at the door with tears in his eyes holding our son. My heart sank and I thought someone we love took a trip to Heaven. He quickly assured me that no one had died, but someone had just given him a very expensive riding lawn mower! I don’t know who they are, but they have been watching my 100% combat-disabled husband mow our entire yard once or twice a week, and thought this would help make more time for the important things in life!”

This generous person believed Chris had sacrificed enough and wanted him to complete his yard work without the struggle his injuries cause.

This was quite a morale booster, as you can imagine. This man has given so much to serve our country and some anonymous person recognized him for his efforts and wanted to give back without any strings attached. Look at his smile.

It’s such a great tractor that Chris is probably the envy of his neighbors. He seems to actually be enjoying doing yard work. His wife posted an update after his first time using it.

Well today the grass was finally long enough to cut, so this guy finally mounted his new beast and broke it in. It was his first time running a machine like this one so it took a few minutes to get the hang of things but all in all, it took him just 18 minutes to mow the front from start to finish!!! That even included a few minutes of testing its limits? when he was finished I asked him “How painful was that?!” He said he didn’t hurt at all like before, even felt well enough to rake the grass off the yard. The smile on his face was my favorite. He never smiled during this chore before! I hope this Secret Angel knows how amazing they are and how grateful our family is for their generosity!!! I will forever pray that God shower you and your family with Blessings. Thank You, Whoever you are, from the bottom of our hearts!!!

The story even made it to Fox News as you can see in the video below.

I love this story. The generous spirit of a grateful American really helped this veteran not only serve his family without pain, but likely made him feel very appreciated. It’s important to know others appreciate you. And we can never appreciate our soldiers enough for all they have sacrificed for us.

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H/T: Faith Tap

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