I lost my beloved son, Daniel Peter Kelly (October 1974-August 2008), in a hit-and-run accident on August 22 in Houston, Texas. He is buried at the Flying Point Cemetery in Water Mill.

I wanted to place an evergreen cross at his grave for Christmas. I went to Lynch’s Garden Center on North Sea Road in Southampton. I had the honor of being waited on by the owner, Jerry Lynch. Jerry was about to ring up my sale when I started talking about my Danny. Jerry said he had heard of my loss and how sorry he was that an Iraqi War veteran (2004-2005) could have lost his life in such a senseless way.

With that he said, “There’s no charge.” I tried to pay, but he would not hear of it. I thanked him profusely through my tears. What a wonderful man to be able to see the pain in this mother’s heart.

Thank you, Jerry, for your compassion and caring. Merry Christmas to you and yours. God bless.


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