To the Editor,
This letter is to send out my heartfelt appreciation to all the bikers, emergency workers and concerned citizens of the community that came to the rescue of my granddaughter Tierra Strickland Chavis.
On Oct. 21, my granddaughter and I were out riding our golf cart, which is something she and I do every Sunday afternoon when the weather is nice. We took our usual route, which leads us to the cemetery at St. Annah Church, where we ride around looking at the different grave sites. My granddaughter is a special-needs child and is very well known in the community.
As we were riding along ,we were approached by a large group of bikers. I pulled over to the side of the road until they all went by. As I pulled off the road, I hit a huge hole on the side of the road that was barely visible because of the grass. When the back tire hit the hole, my granddaughter slid off the seat into the swamp. It was nothing but the grace of God that these bikers were passing by. I am not in very good health, but managed to get the attention of them. The very last biker was the first of many to reach my granddaughter just after she fell into the water. Because of her disability, she was unable to even sit up in the water and had God not directed her fall and kept her from landing face down, I’m almost certain she would have drowned. I thank God that this incident left her with nothing but what she thinks of is an exciting story to tell everyone she sees.
I believe God sends angels in many different forms and that day they came as bikers. They had set out to be a part of a benefit bike ride to help change the circumstances in the life of someone in need. Little did they know that they would help save the life of a special-needs child and her grandmother. I will never be able to repay all those who came to our rescue that day, but I know in my heart that God will richly bless each and everyone of you. Her family and I thank you.
Nancy Carol Strickland