She wanted to send cards to people outside of her class and that's when she thought she should reach out to other people who are disabled and put a smile on their faces.
11-year-old Angel Farley took it upon herself to spread joy around the holiday season. She hand-delivered over 1,000 Christmas cards to disabled people and those lonely. She was born without a femur and hip socket, meaning her lower leg was attached directly to her hip. She underwent surgery to remove her limb. After having seen strangers donate money for herself, she's eager to put a smile on strangers' faces, especially those who need cheering up this holiday season. Farley wrote and delivered over 1,064 greeting cards this year for Christmas, according to a report by The Metro.
It was her idea after she asked her mother who all she could send cards out to, outside of her class. "It just got me thinking. I spoke with Angel about the idea of asking on Facebook if anyone would like a card from her," said her 27-year-old mother, Holly. "That’s when she told me she thinks it would be nice to send cards to other people with disabilities and other people who might be forgotten at Christmas. It just went from there," added Holly, the mother of four. The family spent more than 60 hours filling out the cards.
The message on the card reads: "From our house to yours. Happy Christmas. Love from Angel and family." Angel's father Rob, said the kids, Angel Farley and her sister, sister Mikayla, 9, sat and handwrote each card filled with love. It wasn't a mandatory chore for the kids. "We don’t want it to become a chore, so we only do it when the girls want to. Angel and her nine-year-old sister Mikayla sit at a little table and fill them in, bless them," said Rob. The idea was also sparked by requests from parents of autistic children who said their children often felt left out during the holiday season.
"It’s all about making people smile at Christmas. We go around the village as a family most evenings. Sometimes Angel finds it difficult to access properties because of her disability, but she does her best," said Holly. The 27-year-old mother also referred to what Angel went through last year. "After what we went through last year we feel so lucky to have Angel with us. We are so happy to be able to give something back to the people in the village. It’s a really special community," said Holly in a Facebook post.
It was last year that Holly's parents decided to amputate the portion above her left knee, in order to improve her mobility. "She used to do what we called a 'pirate walk.' She had to swing her leg out sideways which made her hip swing and caused her spine to curve. She wore a prosthetic leg as well, but it had to be straight," said Holly. Angel contracted an infection but nothing will stop her from spreading festive cheer. "During her recovery, people in the village we had never met donated money for Angel. It was a real eye-opener. We felt like we needed to do something to show our appreciation so decided to expand the card giving," said Holly.