Child survivor of TX church shooting wants Christmas cards
A 5-year-old boy who survived the church shooting in Sutherland Springs, Texas, but lost his stepmother and two sisters, is asking for you to spread a little holiday cheer his way this year.
Ryland remains hospitalized after suffering five gunshot wounds in the shooting at First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs in early-November. According to a GoFundMe page set up to help cover the cost of his medical bills, Ryland was shot once in the elbow, twice in the stomach and two times in the leg.
Now, his surviving family members are asking for Christmas cards to be sent to Ryland in the hospital, in an effort to keep him in joyful spirits this holiday season.
“They still haven’t told [Ryland] yet that his mom and sisters are dead, but I’m sure he’s kind of getting some kind of idea because he’s 5,” Sandy told ABC affiliate KSAT on Tuesday.
Ryland's sisters, Brooke Ward, 5, and Emily Garza, 7, were both killed in the shooting, as was his stepmother, Joann.
His grandmother hopes to show Ryland there's still good in the world by collecting Christmas cards from around the world.
The family is saving money for a Go-Kart and says Ryland likes getting pictures from other children and their pets.
If you'd like to send Ryland some Christmas cheer, drop him a card at:
PO Box 174
Sutherland Springs, TX 78161
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