Vandalism Forces Richland Woman to Pause Her Passion of Giving
I was sad to read the news about my neighbor and her passion, the Little Fence of Hope.
The fighting against the “vandalism” is by far the hardest part. It’s so discouraging. - Mary Baylor Arquette
According to a recent Facebook post:
After more than 5 years I’m sad to say that I have to at least temporarily put my project on pause. Thanks to all of you who have been so supportive through the years. Thanks to you we have literally gifted thousands of items to those in our community. I can never say thank you enough for all the support and hope I can regain my passion after a break.
Mary Baylor Arquette is the woman behind the magic of the Little Fence of Hope at the corner of Lee and Smith in Richland. (1507 Lee Boulevard) Mary and her family started the project in 2018 after seeing children underdressed in the winter months on their way to school.
Recently, a woman and her daughter saw that items were taken off the Little Fence of Hope and strewn around the neighborhood. The woman's daughter (seen above) placed them back on the fence.
Arquette thanked the AMAZING young girl in a Facebook post saying she appreciates the support, wishing all kids could be as kind and respectful. In the same post, Mary says:
The fighting against the “vandalism” is by far the hardest part. It’s so discouraging. I have been teetering on the edge of putting it on pause or stopping altogether.
I am a supporter of Mary's. I hope she'll be back.