Musician Randy Travis has had a lot of success, but also a lot of challenges.
Travis had a stroke in 2013 which left him disabled and unable to speak or sing for quite some time.
In October, he thrilled many at the Country Music Hall of Fame by being able to sing ‘Amazing Grace.’
He’s made a steady recovery singing at other venues since that time.
But it wasn’t himself he was thinking of this Christmas.
From The Boot:
On Dec. 12, Gainesville, Texas, police officer Keith Bartlett, his wife and their five children lost their home in a fire, KXII-TV reports; in the weeks since, their community and Bartlett’s department have helped the family find a new place to live and replace what was lost — but the one big thing that hadn’t yet been replaced was Bartlett’s guitar, which was damaged beyond repair in the fire, according to KXAS-TV.
So, Travis, his wife Mary and Bartlett’s family and co-workers planned to surprise the avid guitar player for Christmas: On Christmas Day (Dec. 25), Bartlett responded to a (fake) call about a suspicious vehicle, and when he returned to the police station, the officer found Travis and his wife, as well as his own wife and kids, at the station, with a new acoustic guitar.
The community helped the family to find a home and replaced the children’s Christmas gifts, but the guitar was the one thing that the community had not been able to replace.
Travis not only replaced the prized guitar with the same type of guitar, but he also signed it himself.
Travis and his wife also gave the family furniture for their new house and spent some of Christmas with the Gainesville officers.
Randy and Mary Travis said that after 14 years of Officer Bartlett serving the community, that it was an honor now to be able to serve him.