United we stand, divided we fall. It’s a phrase that may as well be gibberish in this day and age.
We as Americans are oh, so divided in 2019. Politics in our nation have turned from heated civility to chaos and hysterics seemingly overnight, as President Trump’s election spawned a long dormant hatred in certain corners of our country.
These divisions, often galvanized by the hot takes of the mainstream media, are spilling over into violence and bigotry at an alarming rate. Then, in reporting on these dastardly deeds, the infotainment industry manages to whip up ever more derangement in a vicious cycle that only a liberal echo chamber could operate.
But, dare I say, there is hope, and one young man in Georgia is proving it.
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Nikki Rajahn, a Georgia mom of four young children who runs her own personalization company called Unfading Adornments, took to Facebook last week to share the shirt her son, Blake, asked her to design for his first day of class at North Fayette Elementary School.
“I have to brag on my son,” Rajahn wrote. “I told him that as a back to school gift, I will make him any shirt he would like. It could have anything — a basketball theme, football, etc. — which are all his favorites. He thought a while and said, ‘Will you please make me a shirt that says, ‘I will be your friend’ for all the kids who need a friend to know that I am here for them?'”
The photo has since gone viral:
And the story gets even better…
Rajahn quickly created a site to sell the bright orange tees, with plans to donate a portion of the profits to the Real Life Center, a local nonprofit that aims to “provide help for hurting families” by giving them “means to cope with the financial, emotional, and spiritual hardships of life.”
So while we suffer the slings and arrows of outrageous political feuding, we could all do with a reminder to be more like Blake.
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