Little Guy Who Survived Church Shooting Says All He Wants for Christmas Is Cards

A five-year-old boy who was nearly killed in the worst rampage shooting in Texas history has a wish for Christmas: he wants Christmas cards. Lots of cards. And if you could put a $1 bill in it, that would be great. If you haven't got the buck, though, he’d love to see pictures of your pets.

Ryland Ward was one of the people at the deadly massacre that occurred at First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs, Texas on November 5. During service, 26-year-old Devin Patrick Kelley, dressed in black and wearing a bullet-proof vest, walked into the church with a military-style rifle and open fired on the congregation.

Kelley killed 26 people and wounded 20 more before attempting to flee. A member of the church shot him twice and engaged him in a high-speed chase. Kelley's car was later found crashed with the suspect dead inside of multiple gun wounds, including a self-inflicted shot to the head.

Ryland was shot in the elbow twice, in the leg twice, and in the stomach once. He was hit by five bullets in total. His femur was shattered and he's now having kidney problems. He’s been in the hospital for over a month, and his doctors expect him to be in the hospital for another couple of months before he's well enough to go home.

What Ryland doesn't know is that his stepmother, JoAnn Ward, and his two sisters, 7-year-old Emily and 5-year-old Brooke, aren't at home waiting for him. They were with him in the church, and all three were killed by the gunman. The family is not looking forward to breaking this bad news to the little guy after he’s already been through so much trauma. They’re focused on Ryland getting better right now.

With the holidays approaching, the long hospital stay, struggle to recover and absence of beloved family members has the little guy down. His family asked what might lift his sprits, and the 5-year-old said he’d love to get holiday cards.

Ryland would appreciate it if people stuffed a $1 bill into his cards because he's trying to save up for a go-kart. He’s hoping that when he starts feeling better and gets out of the hospital, he can get into a go-kart and play outside again.

If you can't afford to send a dollar, Ryland understands. He’ll still appreciate the card. He also says, instead of cash, he would love getting a picture of your pets. He loves animals.

You can send cards, dollars and pictures to: Ryland Ward, Box 174, Sutherland Springs, TX 78161.

If you can afford to do more than $1, you can check out his gofundme.com account run by his mother's cousin, Heather Bradley. The medical bills are mounting up with such a long hospital stay.

"He is 5 years old with a big heart for his other siblings, friends and family," wrote Bradley on the fundraising page. The family is trying to raise $200,000 to keep up with the little boy's medical bills. So far, they have raised nearly $150,000.

"We have set up a bank account that will go directly for Ryland and all his expenses," his family says.

Source: Fox News
Photo: KSAT, GoFundMe

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