Ky. woman gets surprise from Newtown, CT family
UNDATED (NBC) -- A Newtown, Connecticut family's random act of kindness made it all the way to central Kentucky.
Cindy Williamson says she always related to the victims' families of the Sandy Hook Elementary shooting. Williamson lost her son, Matt back in 2010. So when she received a gift on Wednesday that was aimed at keeping the memory of one of the Sandy Hook victims alive, she was at a loss for words. "When we came out of Big Lots, I noticed their was a card on my car," she said. The outside simply said "For You." Inside was a $20 gift card and a hand written note from a man who has made it his mission to make a difference.
The note read, "Hello my name is John and I am from Newtown Connecticut. Today would have been the sixth birthday for Madeline." Madeline Hsu was one of 26 people killed back in December at Sandy Hook Elementary.
In the card, John Priest says he and his Newtown, Connecticut family do something special on the birthday of every victim. Wednesday would have been Madeline's birthday.
Williamson says she doesn't know what brought the family to central Kentucky, but she has an idea of why the family picked her. "The only thing i could think of is that I have 'Rest In Peace Matt Shackleford' on the back of my car," she said.
Shackelford was Williamson's son who died three years ago. "It hurt very bad," she said. "I loved him so much, but the good thing is that I got a blessing out of it."
That blessing was her son's daughter, who Williamson now cares for. The gift card from the Priest family went straight to her. "I needed a strainer for my granddaughter's swimming pool and I couldn't afford it because I have been off work for knee surgery from Johnson Controls," she said. "So this is what bought her. A strainer for her swimming pool."
LEX 18 looked on the internet and didn't find any connection with the Priest family to the victims of the Newtown shooting. It just simply looks like they are a Newtown family that wants to keep the memory of the victims alive, and it's obviously working.
Williamson said she wants to do something like the Priest family and pay it forward.