"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," recalled the 11-year-old's mother.
An 11-year-old amputee spread the festive joy in her village by hand-delivering over 1,000 Christmas cards. Angel Farley was born without a femur and a hip socket, which meant that her lower leg was directly attached to her hip. After undergoing an operation last year, she had her leg amputated. Now, even with her limited mobility, the brave and thoughtful girl has resolved to make lonely people in her village happy. Farley has written and delivered 1,064 greeting cards this year in an attempt to put a smile across everyone's face for Christmas.
The idea first came to the schoolgirl when she asked her mother who else she could send out cards to apart from her classmates. "It just got me thinking. I spoke with Angel about the idea of asking on Facebook if anyone would like a card from her," revealed the youngster's 27-year-old mother, Holly, according to METRO. "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 the mother of four.
However, Angel and her parents decided to get rid of the portion above her left knee in February 2018, to improve her strained 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," explained Holly. "She wore a prosthetic leg as well, but it had to be straight." The amputation procedure that took place at the Great Ormond Street Hospital in London seemed to have gone well in the beginning. But then Angel contracted an infection and had to be hospitalized for over two months while she battling sepsis.
"It was a really hard time for us. I asked doctors whether she was going to survive and they couldn’t give me a straight answer,' recalled Holly of the critical time. Thankfully, Angel made a strong recovery and can now move more freely after the amputation. "During her recovery, people in the village we had never met donated money for Angel," revealed her mother. "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." Resolving to say express their gratitude through the cards the dup set out to write and distribute them. As a result, they have handed out more than ten times the number of cards they had delivered in 2017.
The message reads: "From our house to yours. Happy Christmas. Love from Angel and family." Explaining how they don't make this activity a mandatory chore and instead allow the kids to do it whenever they wish to, Rob, Angel's father said, "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." Just last year the family received messages from parents of autistic children who said they would appreciate a card as their kids are often left out during the happy festive 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. Furthermore, Holly shared how people flooded her daughter with beautiful messages of thanks and support on Facebook. "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."