Neighbors help clean grandmother’s property after nasty letter

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A group of Morris County residents came out to help one of their neighbors after she received a nasty letter about the condition of her property.

Elise Ryan says that she is often preoccupied taking care of her grandson, who has brain cancer. She says that she also cares for her daughter and granddaughter, who are often overwhelmed. 

She admits that she sometimes let’s her yard get a little messy.

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The anonymous letter left in Ryan’s mailbox told her to “clean up your property.”

“It said, ‘If you had the time to put your Christmas decorations up, then you should have the time to take them down.’ Then it said, ‘You should clean up your leaves and your twigs, and also on Sunday nights when you put your garbage out, the animals attack it, and you never pick it up,” according to Ryan.

“I’m never home on the weekends,” she says. “I’m over at my daughter’s house. And when I do see it, I do pick it up. And it says that I should have more pride in myself and my property and my neighbor’s property.”

Ryan posted the letter on Facebook, and neighbors came to her rescue. They put signs up on her property explaining the situation with her grandson, and they volunteered to come out and clean her yard Tuesday afternoon.

“People responded to hatred with love…Everyone has done so much for our family…It’s a beautiful thing,” says Ryan’s daughter, Alyssa Ryan Adonis.

Many of the volunteers were friends with Ryan’s grandson.

“I think it’s awesome that we all came together as a town and just helped someone out that needed help,” says Brady Domsick.

Ryan says that although she is hurt and disappointed by the letter, she forgives its author.

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