2 years ago, Brandi Norman hopped on the waiting list of Building Blocks for Kids (BB4K), hoping to receive a van that she could use to transport her daughter and her wheelchair. Finally, on the last day of 2015, her long-awaited wish was answered.
A customer of M.C. Mobility in Cincinnati, Ernest McHugh, donated his van to BB4K recently following the passing of his wife. After we deemed that the vehicle was in sufficient condition to repair and donate to someone in need, we began the process of restoration for our partners Building Blocks for Kids.
The Norman family was at the top of the list.
“It’s such a joy to be able to donate this van to a family like this,” said Dynette Clark, founder of BB4K. “After 2 years of waiting, they needed the van so badly, and I can’t wait to see the look of relief on their faces when they can drive off in the van; especially when they (van donations) happen so infrequently.”
The vehicle underwent mechanical repairs at a local shop, which was paid for through financial donations to BB4K. Then, a mobility inspection was done at our Cincinnati location and we cleaned the vehicle up, as our own donation to BB4K.
Finally, on December 31st of 2015, we presented the van to Brandi Norman and her daughter, Mariyah, at our Cincinnati M.C. Mobility location.
The story about Mariyah and her family is incredible. Here is an excerpt from the BB4K website:
“When Mariyah was born, she was not breathing and had to be resuscitated due to a placenta abruption, causing her to suffer some brain damage. She is very smart but she cannot walk, crawl, stand or talk. She has problems with her hands and with holding her head up. She also has a visual impairment. Mariyah has different forms of seizures, has a G-J tube and is tube fed with a feeding pump.
Mariyah is confined to a wheelchair and her mom has already had spinal surgery. She has a lot of therapy and doctor appointments and they do not have adequate transportation for her.”
These are the types of situations that Building Blocks for Kids exists for.
Not only was Mariyah in need of a way to get around easily with her wheelchair, but her mother was also in need of some major relief. Following her own recent spinal surgery, she became unable to lift her daughter into their vehicle, further hindering their ability to get around.
This gift could not have come at a better time for this family in such tremendous need.
“Building Blocks for Kids was founded in 2003 with the goal of helping families bridge the financial gap where government funding, among other sources of income, can’t meet the needs of the child in need medically”, Dynette stated.
She went on to explain that federal grants aren’t helping these families as much as they need anymore. BB4K evolved into what it is today due to so many vehicle requests from families in similar situations, and many organizations that used to do this type of work no longer do so.
We are incredibly proud to partner with such a great organization, and it was truly a blessing to be able to help a family in need this holiday season.
Are you interested in supporting Building Blocks for Kids? Head to their website www.bb4k.org, where you can donate to the organization, as well as to a specific child. They are also seeking donations or fundraising opportunities; contact Dynette at 513-770-2900.
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