Megan’s House, a respite home for special needs children at Easter Seals of Southern Georgia, received a brand-new handicapped-accessible van for transport to the Albany Mall, church services and other recreational activities.
ALBANY, Ga. -- In a jubilant ceremony Wednesday at Easter Seals of Southern Georgia on Palmyra Road, the keys to a handicapped-accessible van were given to a custodian of Megan's House, a respite home for special needs children.
It was clear that Carol Hollomon, wearing a nametag labeled "Megan's Mom," was the driving force in making the van a reality. When Megan, a special needs child, died a few years ago, Easter Seals established the respite home in Megan's name.
Now Carol Hollomon and her husband Wayne have created TIME Inc., (Together in Megan's Eyes), a nonprofit legal entity to further enhance the lives of children with developmental disabilities. The van was TIME's first project.
"I saw the need to broaden the mission of Megan's House," Carol Hollomon said, "so we started TIME to bring people together to become more involved in the lives of special children. About a year and a half ago, I began to dream about a handicapped-accessible van to take the children out into the community -- to a church service, to the mall, a movie -- just to get them out of the house. A lot of children stay there for one or two weeks at a time, so you can imagine they'd like to get out a little."
According to Hollomon, the funding for the full-sized van came from many separate, sometimes small, donations as well as some of more than $1,000.
Wanda Hudgins, a TIME board member and cousin to Carol Hollomon, said the van project came from Hollomon's efforts to make Megan's House more than a babysitting service or day care facility.
"What we want to do is to bring people together to be involved in these children's lives," Hollomon said. "Just reading them a story, playing with them or just touching them can mean so much."
Hollomon said that without the new van, transporting special needs children had been very difficult.
"God loves special needs children," she said. "They have a purpose on this Earth, just as you and I do. It may be that they are here so that we can show our love for them. What a wonderful way to show that love, by taking them to the mall so we can go up to them, speak to them and touch them."