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A young Texas boy who lost his stepmother and two sisters in the deadly shooting at the First Baptist Church of Sutherland Springs in early November will receive a welcome package of holiday cards from students in the BOCES Office Skills/CISMAA class.
Each year around this time, students learn to design and create their own holiday cards using Microsoft Publisher, but this year, they decided to create extra cards for young Ryland Ward.
Ryland, who is still in hospital, was shot once in the elbow, twice in the stomach and twice in the leg. He remains in serious condition.
As he comes to terms with his devastating loss, Ryland has asked for just one thing this holiday season: Christmas cards to be sent to his hospital room.
His grandmother, Sandy Ward, has spread the word, with cards coming from across the country and around the world for the youngster.
Office Skills instructor Jason Poniatowski said the story was so poignant to many in the class that it compelled them to work on this very worthy project.
They also bandied together and raised $20 for the young boy, which is being mailed with the cards.
“The holiday season is a great time of joy, but unfortunately it can also be a difficult time for many people,” said Mr. Poniatowski. “When our class came across this article, the students really wanted to help out. They did a great job, and I am very proud of them.”