Nasty letter inspires neighbors to come to St. Cloud family's aid

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An unexpected and unwanted letter in George Timmis’s mailbox lead to random strangers at his home, doing yard work Thursday.

Someone mailed the letter to Timmis’s St. Cloud home anonymously this week. The message inside: a tirade over the state of his yard.

The letter read: “Your house looks like a trash dump!!!!! Please clean it up. You (and others) on the street [SIC] are making the neighborhood look bad.”

The letter continued on telling Timmis his front porch also looked horrible due to stuff piled up on it.

Timmis has an understandable excuse for his yard though; several really.

George recently was involved in a car accident that he said broke his back. Even more difficult though, his house-mate and life-long friend is dealing with brain and kidney cancer. The two are traveling to Tampa weekly for treatment, and Timmis said the yard has simply not been his top priority.

"For someone to step into our lives not knowing who we are was amazing and I was so annoyed,” said Timmis.

So he put a picture of the letter on his community’s Facebook page and aired his frustration. What happened next though, Timmis said he never expected.

Neighbors and strangers began asking if they could come over and help Timmis with the yard. On Thursday, dozens came out to help cut the grass, clean the porch, and make it look new again.

Many who showed up said they too felt the letter writer was out of line and could have taken a different approach.

"If they thought it was that bad they shoulda grabbed a lawn mower, grabbed a weed eater and came to help,” said Curtis Napier.

Timmis was he was in awe of the help, and hopes the message sent by his neighbors Thursday gets back to that letter writer.

 

"That really gives me hope in how our community really is,” he said.

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