With bad news pounding us each day, a small glimpse at the goodness of humanity is more than welcomed.
Which is why I share the following story from The Montgomery Advertiser.
“It’s pink, it rocks, it has tunes and the wheels light up. Just the thing for a 2-year-old Wetumpka girl.
Stella Kirkpatrick was born about a month early due to placental abruption, a condition where the placenta detaches from the womb before delivery. The baby is deprived of oxygen and nutrients.
She was without oxygen for 17 minutes and had a developed hypoxic-ischemic encephalopathy. She was also diagnosed with spastic quadriplegia cerebral palsy and epilepsy. Because of her physical conditions she has mobility issues.
Enter the Wetumpka High School robotics team. Five students — Avery Pyles, Michael Fulmer, Alan Estrada, Rena Ward and Pierce Robinson — decided to modify a battery operated car for Stella, to give her the chance to play. The ride was delivered Monday afternoon.
“This is really awesome,” said Sarah Kirkpatrick, Stella’s mom. “It’s therapeutic for her because it helps in her development. But it’s going to be fun for the entire family. She doesn’t get a whole lot of opportunities to play.
“She likes to play, but most toys aren’t built for her.”
Stella, who turns 3 in December, is Sarah and Russell Kirkpatrick’s only child.
The pink Jeep took about 30 hours, spaced over two academic years, to modify. Work started last fall, then schools closed due to the pandemic. The team worked about an hour after school for a month to get the work done.
The pink Jeep took about 30 hours, spaced over two academic years, to modify. Work started last fall, then schools closed due to the pandemic. The team worked about an hour after school for a month to get the work done.”