October 31 is a day when kids and adults celebrate dressed up in different outfits, but this year was different for Courtney Thomas and her husband because their child was fighting cancer.
The Thomas family lives on a street in Atlanta, Georgia where hundreds of children would walk by and knock on their door for candy. But as they were not in the mood to celebrate, they kept a neon sign in their front yard saying, “Sorry, no candy. Child with cancer. See you next year!” “Cool costume” and “Have fun!”
They wanted to let the kids know that they were not celebrating but what the children did next warmed their hearts. “I can’t stop crying,” Thomas wrote and shared with Love What Matters. “If anyone thought, there was no hope in our kids and teens you’re wrong.”
“The SOLE purpose of us putting this sign in our yard today was so kids wouldn’t run to our door and be disappointed. (Our neighborhood usually gets 300-400 kids.)”
“I looked on our doorbell camera tonight and saw that kids had been stopping at the sign. My husband and I just went outside and found this…”
Local boys and ghouls had left a pile of candy and goodie bags under the sign that they had seen and were moved to show their concern. “The picture doesn’t do it justice, it’s a LOT and the good stuff even,” Thomas continued. “Seriously… If the parents of anyone who did this sees this, PLEASE tell them how much it means to us and our kiddos. On the best candy night of the year kids freely and generously shared with strangers and showed so much love and kindness. So amazing!”
I can't stop crying ❤️😭😭😭❤️
If anyone thought there was no hope in our kids and teens you're wrong.
The SOLE purpose of…
Courtney’s post was shared over 360,000 times and has gone viral with people responding from all over the country, appreciating the trick-or-treaters act of kindness.
“Edited: WOW at the responses and shares,” Thomas updated her post. “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.’ Romans 8:28 ESV.”
“Childhood cancer is something we wish no family ever had to endure, but there is so much love, hope, and support!”