When a homeless woman logged onto Facebook and posted a message, she made a typo that ended up changing her life in the most miraculous way. Appleton, Wisconsin resident Amy Rickel had hit rock bottom. She was homeless and unemployed with three children, with the youngest being 4-years-old.
With the holiday approaching, all she had was her three beautiful children and a broken down car. Desperate for some support, she just tried to reach out to a friend for prayers and warmth.
But she made a mistake. Instead of sending her friend a private message, she accidentally reached out to a stranger who had a similar name. Because of a typo, her life would be changed forever…
She opened up about her troubles to a complete stranger. But before she could take it back, the message was sent and she had to wait for them to get back to her.
But that simple typo would end up becoming an unexpected miracle.
After apologizing for her error, Rickel simply went about her life and moved on from the mistake. But the stranger, Brian van Boxtel had a better idea.
“He was like, ‘Nope!'” said Rickel. “God puts us in people’s lives for a reason.”
Boxtel reached out and said he would pay for her hotel stay. But that was only the beginning of his unbounded generosity.
He had an idea: He persuaded Rickel to open up a GoFundMe fundraising account to get the money she needed to support her kids.
“We have been staying at a hotel we can no longer afford and all of the shelters that accept kids have long waiting lists,” wrote Rickel. “My only concern at this point is making sure my kids are safe and warm!”
When she published her troubles to the public on the internet via her GoFundMe account, many people were touched. Since it was the holiday season, they were already feeling generous and Rickel’s family got flooded with donations to help her.
“We just felt like this holiday season we couldn’t let the kids be out in the cold and we cleared out a room and brought them home,” said Kathy Schumann, who also loaned her minivan to Rickel.
Another man named Chad Morack was compelled to help. After learning that Rickel is a license practical nurse, he reached out to his network – and low and behold, he found her a job!
His connection, Alexandria Witkowski, a senior recruiter at TotalMed, took one look at Rickel’s resume and was impressed.
“I couldn’t help but continue working really hard to get her references and resume over to our clients so we could get her a full-time position,” said the high-powered recruiter Witkowski.
One thing after another came into Rickel’s family’s life and things started to get better. The kindness of strangers brought her family from its lowest low to a place of faith again.
“It’s totally restored my faith in more than just humanity, my faith in God,” said a grateful Rickel.
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