Help From Strangers: A Lifesaving Yard Sale

ALBERTVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) — A Marshall County woman is getting help from perfect strangers and it’s in her words, a lifesaver.

When you see a jumble of things in a yard on a Saturday  you think  it’s a yard sale.

There’s no catch here. What looks like a yard sale at an Albertville home is indeed, a yard sale.

But this one literally is a lifesaver, and an example of perfect strangers helping someone they can’t even call by name.

But to tell this story  we need to back up.

“I still have kids who are fourth and fifth graders who come up to me and say we love Coach Collins.”

Oliva Bryant is talking about her son Jimmy Collins. More than a decade’s worth of Boaz students know him as their coach and teacher.

“Jimmy passed away last year in September,” Bryant says, “September the tenth. He was diagnosed with thyroid cancer the year before the day after Christmas.”

After Jimmy died support came from an unlikely source. “It was just overwhelming how the community came together and helped in this time of need,” Bryant says.

That’s when this story turns a page.

“I said ‘okay you know, what is it’, and he said ‘it’s cancer.'”  That fact was an all too familiar experience for Jimmy’s sister Molly Craft.

But her story is different. “They were able to get the cancer,” Craft says.

She has to travel to Texas for evaluations twice a year to make sure it hasn’t come back.

But there’s not any money to cover the trips.

That’s where this yard sale comes in. “Without that, I don’t have a way to Houston,” Craft says.

Just like when Jimmy died, people are helping a perfect stranger.

All of the yard sale items are donated.

News of Craft’s sale spread. “We have people pull in the driveway and just hand us money,” Craft says, “They don’t buy anything. They just hand us money. We have people we owe, maybe ten dollars, five dollars in change and they won’t take it. They ask how much it costs to fill up my mother’s van. I tell them. They have written checks for the first tank.”

Craft can’t even tell you their names. “They’re just compassionate on me and they don’t even know me,” Craft says.

Craft says those perfect strangers  are giving her more than money.

“They’re saving my life,” Craft says.

She plans to go to Texas for another evaluation in the fall.

Craft says she’ll have another yard sale before then.

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