Can you help this woman find the recipient of a sweet letter from father to son?

We’ve all been there. Your kid needs a last minute costume for a school project. You pack her up in the car and head over to Goodwill to see if there’s anything you can assemble without spending a fortune. That’s how Rose Farmer‘s story started, but what she found in that Goodwill store in Gilbert, Arizona sent her on a mission.

While Rose’s daughter was shopping for a costume, Rose started looking at books. An older woman next to her opened a book and a note fell to the ground. Rose picked up the note and was deeply moved by the message from a father to his son, and she knew right away that she needed to try and find them.

The letter from father to son reads:

Believe Trent – Believe
You are loved and respected!
So let’s get going, the ride may be bumpy but we will get there.
When you believe in you as much as I do you will be there.

So, Rose purchased the book. It’s a 1940 novel by Carson McCullers called “The Heart Is A Lonely Hunter,” and is about a blind man overcoming hopelessness. Rose believes the book was part of the message from the father.

She then turned to social media to try and locate the author of the note or his son, Trent.

So far Rose hasn’t had any luck locating Trent or his dad, but according to her interview on 12 News she was pleased to find that the story and the message of support is leading to some “secondhand encouragement” and having a positive effect on people. “Sometimes it takes a stranger,” Rose says. “To lift you up and say, ‘You know what? I believe in you. And you can, you can do great things, you know, you can overcome any obstacle.’”


  • The story on 12 News

    Rose Farmer bought a book at a Gilbert Goodwill containing a heartfelt note written from a father to his son. She hopes to find the note's intended recipient.

    Posted by 12News on Saturday, March 25, 2023
  • And on Sunny Skyz

    A woman in Gilbert, Arizona, is on a mission to find the recipient of a handwritten note she found inside of a book

    Posted by Sunny Skyz on Tuesday, March 28, 2023

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