This is just one of those stories that restores your faith in humanity, even if it’s just by a little bit.
The Phillips family from the small town of Tenino, Washington went on vacation for the weekend. While they were camping in the mountains, something sickening had happened to the Phillips home – vandals decided to spray-paint hate messages all over the home and family truck. The messages were profane, racist and highly offensive.
The sprayed words included the ’n-word’, the letters ‘KKK’, and other vulgarities.
Disgusted with what the vandals had done, dozens of families in Tenino area armed themselves with paint brushes, cleaning supplies, and lots of love – all to counter-act the hate.
“It made me want to cry when I saw it. It was terrible.” said neighbor Heidi Russell. “Our biggest concern was getting this done before the family came home because they have small children and we didn’t want them to see [it].”
Additionally, the small town’s on-duty police officer made sure to contribute as well. She stated that her it was her duty to protect and serve, and to make things right.
By the day’s end, the home and truck were cleared of all hate-messages – all thanks to the kind-hearted neighbors. Soon, the Phillips family came home, astonished by the neighbors’ gesture.
“I’m overwhelmed and I’m shocked,” said Phillips, a 56-year-old military veteran. “When I heard what happened, I was hurt… I was more concerned about the kids.”
Phillips is respected and well-liked by many, so the tightly-knit community came together to overpower the show of hate by these vandals.
“I thank God for the people that came out and helped me. I wish I knew them all,” said Phillips. “I wish I could throw a barbecue or something out front to show my love and thanks for all the people that came out.”
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