Desperate Mom Accidentally Texts The Wrong Person And Has Her Life Turned Upside Down

Sending a text or message to the wrong person can be embarrassing, to put it mildly. Depending on the content of the message and the recipient, the error can make you just want to crawl back into bed and try again the next day. But, recently, one woman had a totally different experience.

Jobless and living in a hotel room, this mother of three planned to make a desperate plea for help to a close friend. Once she sent it, however, she realized she’d made a mortifying mistake. Little did she know, the simple accident would start a chain reaction towards a miracle…

If you’ve ever sent a text or message to the wrong person, you know it can induce real panic. But in some cases, even a mistaken message can make a huge positive impact on your life. Just ask Amy Rickel.

Amy, who lived in Wisconsin with her three children, worked as a licensed practical nurse. She decided to move with her children to Green Bay so they could be closer to their father. Once there, however, her life took a turn towards disaster.

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Not long after her arrival in Green Bay, Amy lost her job. Then, she lost her home. To add insult to injury, her car stopped working. That’s how, just weeks before Christmas 2017, she was living in a hotel room and feeling quite hopeless.

Down on her luck, “bawling and praying,” as she told WXPI News, Amy needed all the hope and inspiration she could get. This led her to message a friend over Facebook to ask for a Bible verse to get her through her struggles. That’s when she realized she’d made a huge mistake…

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While Amy intended to message her friend Brian, the person on the receiving end of the message was someone else. In fact, it was a total stranger! The mistake should have been little more than a momentary embarrassment. Except something unbelievable happened…

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The recipient of Amy’s message was another person named Brian—Brian van Boxtel. He’d never met Amy in his life and had no idea who she was. They had no known mutual friends. And yet, as she soon learned, Amy couldn’t have sent her message to a better person.

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Though he wasn’t the intended recipient, Brian sent Amy a few comforting Bible passages, satisfying her original request anyway. But then he went a step further. He asked himself, “What would Jesus do?”

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According to Amy, Brian told her, “God puts us in people’s lives for a reason.” In other words, he was determined to help in any way he could. First, he said he’d be paying her hotel bill for the night—and that was only the start to Amy’s good fortune.

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After several days of regular contact with Amy, Brian convinced her to start a GoFundMe account. People would be drawn to her story, he figured, and they might be compelled to help out. So, taking his advice, she created a page where people could donate money to her.

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“I am a single mother of three children,” she wrote on the page. “We have been staying at a hotel we can no longer afford and all of the shelters that accept kids have long waiting lists. My only concern at this point is making sure my kids are safe and warm!”

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Amazingly, countless people saw Amy’s GoFundMe account, and quite a few of them were moved by her troubles. “I was raised by a single mother,” one anonymous person wrote before donating $108. Remarkably, the generosity didn’t stop there…

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Another anonymous contributor, Kathy Schumann, felt particularly touched by Amy’s struggles. So much so, in fact, that she loaned Amy her minivan so that the mother of three would have a functioning means of transportation! Then, Kathy went one step further…

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Amy “really tugged at our heartstrings,” Kathy told WPXI News. “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.” Just like that, Amy was out of the hotel!

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Chad Morack also learned about Amy’s struggles through the GoFundMe page, and he couldn’t sit idly by while the single mom suffered. When he learned that Amy was a licensed practical nurse, he set out to find her work.

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Chad contacted TotalMed and informed them he knew of someone looking for work. Still, it was far from a sure thing. “Amy will attest,” he told WPXI News, “there was a lot of work and a lot of behind the scenes stuff going on to really make this happen.”

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Fortunately, Amy’s credentials ended up in the hands of Alexandria Witkowski, a TotalMed senior recruiter. “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,” she said.

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Alexandria reached out to her medical industry contacts, and Amy landed that full-time job! Shortly after starting on January 3, 2017, she summed up her situation in just about the only way possible: “I still kind of find it unbelievable.”

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From homeless, jobless, penniless, and car-less, Amy ended up with a stable living arrangement and a full time job in a matter of nine days—and it was all because she sent a message to the wrong Brian!

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Amy found happiness, comfort, and security in the arms of total strangers—people who had never met each other before Amy’s struggles. The full-time nurse couldn’t be happier. “It’s totally restored my faith in more than just humanity,” she said, adding, “my faith in God.”

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In the end, the mistaken message did far more than get Amy back on her feet. It brought together a group of strangers in an effort to help another in the community, and it made them friends in the process! If that wasn’t a holiday miracle, than we don’t know what is!

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Sending the message to the wrong person is usually beyond embarrassing. Who knew a simple mistake could have such life-changing effects?

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