• Massive donation gets Central Mass. family close to goal for special van

    By: Bob Ward


    SOUTHRBIDGE, Mass. - Thanks to the incredible kindness of strangers, a Central Massachusetts family is close to having a special van to help their son.

    Cathy O'Grady is the founder of Sofia's Angels, a group specializing in Random Acts of Kindness, but this is something different. 

    “I still get goosebumps thinking about it,” O’Grady said. “I knew we would probably do it in two or three months, I did not expect this huge response.”

    Jayden is a 7-year-old boy, recently adopted by the family.

    When Jayden was just two years old, he suffered horrific physical abuse that left him blind and with permanent brain damage.

    But his new family is surrounding him with love.

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    Sofia's Angels first arranged to have a swing built for Jayden, so he can be outside with his older brothers.

    Now, the group is raising $50,000 for a special MV-1 van to help Jayden and his family.

    After Boston 25 first aired Jayden's story, the donations started growing.

    But then, an anonymous Westwood couple – who are Boston 25 News viewers -- stepped up with a huge donation of $38,000.

    Jayden's family never asked for it, but help is finding them in a major way.

    “It’s so amazing, how kind and caring people are. It's just, I can't even explain. It’s amazing,” Jayden’s mother, Deidra said.

    “I’ve always said, my motto's always been there are a lot of good people out there that want to help, they just don’t know where to go to help people. So when you present them with a case of this is what we're doing, who wants to help, they all come swarming, they are out there,” said O’Grady.

    This big donation means Jayden's family may soon be getting the keys to that special van.

    You can find more information about donating to the family here.

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