If there’s one night of the year that a kid can be a kid, it’s Halloween. And after the dumpster fire of a year that 2020 has been, people across the nation were finding new hope last week in celebrating Halloween as usual.
But for one family from Atlanta, Georgia, Halloween 2020 looked a lot like the rest of this year: cancelled. That is—until hundreds of neighborhood kids rallied to make it one for the books.
Courtney Thomas took to Facebook Saturday night with a heartwarming post about the kindness of strangers.
“I can’t stop crying,” she wrote. “If anyone thought there was no hope in our kids and teens you’re wrong.”
Courtney shared a photo of a sign she and her husband put in their yard on Halloween that read: “Sorry, no candy. Child with Cancer. See you next year!”
She says they put the sign in their yard earlier in the day because their neighborhood usually sees about 300-400 trick-or-treaters on Halloween night.
“The SOLE purpose of us putting this sign in our yard today was so kids wouldn’t run to our door and be disappointed,” she wrote.
Courtney says that she looked at her doorbell camera on Halloween night and saw that kids had been stopping by their yard sign. When her husband, TJ, went outside to have a look, he found a growing pile of candy that neighbor kids had left for their children.
“The picture doesn’t do it justice, it’s a LOT and the good stuff even,” Courtney wrote.
She shared the post in hopes of reaching parents of children who “freely and generously” shared candy with strangers, who were blown away by the love and kindness of these kids. But her post did much more than that.
As of Monday morning, Courtney’s post had been shared more than 350,000 times on Facebook.
Blown away by the response, she updated the post to further express her gratitude.
“Thank you to everyone for your kind words and prayers! We serve a mighty and faithful God and we hold tight to the promise of Romans 8:28, ‘And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose.’”
Is there a more beautiful illustration of the goodness of humanity?