When Christopher Garrett returned home after serving in the armed forces, he no longer had full use of his legs. The disabled veteran had been in a lot of pain, so just getting around on a daily basis was a difficult ordeal, much less trying to push a heavy piece of machinery around to mow his lawn.

But Christopher’s pain did not go unnoticed.

(Facebook/Brittany Lynn Garrett)

One day, his wife Brittany opened the front door to find him in tears while holding her son—and of course she thought the worst had happened.

“My heart sank and I thought someone we love took a trip to Heaven,” and she told him as much. Christopher quickly assured her that this wasn’t the case. In fact, he was crying because he was moved and grateful.

Then he showed her the letter he received.

An anonymous person had seen Christopher mow their large front lawn once or twice, with great difficulty, and wanted to get him something to help.

“Someone had just given him a very expensive riding lawn mower!” Brittany shared on Facebook.

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“I don’t know who they are, but they have been watching my 100% combat disabled husband push mow our entire yard once or twice a week, and thought this would help make more time for the important things in life!!! THANK YOU WHOEVER YOU ARE!!! You don’t know how much pain this is going to save him from!!!” Brittany wrote on Facebook after she realized what had happened.

Along with the brand new riding lawn mower, the anonymous donor sent a note.

“I hope this saves time for the things that matter most in your life. Thank you for your service and for my freedom. Sincerely, a grateful American.”

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Christopher also responded, saying, “The war that I have seen has hardened my perception of society, but after today, I truly understand that everyone has their place to be a hero.”

(Facebook)