Girl Gets Custom Wheelchair Costume For Halloween
It’s not always easy for parents of children in wheelchairs to come up with creative Halloween costumes to incorporate them, but thanks to an Oregon-based nonprofit, little Riley Marquis is going to be all set for trick-or-treating. The five-year-old New Hampshire girl just got a custom pink Minnie Mouse car, designed to fit right over her wheelchair, creating a one-of-a-kind costume.
The Minnie car comes courtesy of the nonprofit Magic Wheelchair and volunteer Bonnie Regan, who built the car for Riley. The group was started by a dad who has kids who use wheelchairs and his idea has inspired volunteers like Regan to put their time and talent into making Halloween magical for children in wheelchairs.
"It's awesome because it doesn't make the wheelchair like a tool,” says Jason Marquis, Riley’s father. “It's actually something that's fun for her to do."
He Raised Over $200K For Sick Kids While Shining Shoes
For 30 years, Albert Lexie took a two-hour bus ride to UPMC Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh every Tuesday and Thursday so he could shine shoes. He charged $3 for a shine and didn’t make much, about $10,000 a year, but it’s what he did with his tips that’s so impressive. Albert donated them all to help sick kids.
Over the years, Albert gave more than $200,000 to the Free Care Fund, which helps uninsured or underinsured kids get the medical care they need. He received many awards for his generosity and the Port Authority of Allegheny County even awarded him a lifetime bus pass so he could ride for free. Albert passed away earlier this month at the age of 76, but he leaves behind a wonderful legacy."I think Albert is a symbol of philanthropy and generosity," says Chris Gessner, the hospital president. "He's the kind of special person that people hope for in the world."
Dad Makes Lunch Bag Art For His Kids
Lynell Jinks, also known as the “lunch bag art dad,” shows his children how much he cares by making regular brown lunch bags into impressive art.
Seriously he’s really good! For the past four years, Lynell has been creating brown bag masterpieces drawing characters from “Stranger Things,” “Black Panther,” to "Coming To America.” You might have seen his Barack and Michelle Obama portraits floating around in the internet.
The former art director for the NBA 2K franchise said once he took on a new role as a Creative Director for WWE 2K19, he missed the “hands-on work.” But now the California dad is using those skills for lunch bag art, plus it’s a cool a way to bond with his kids. Oh and he does save the bags. The only one that has gone missing was an illustration of Raven-Symone.