Perkinston mom sets up a craft shop to raise money for a son with a disability
MCHENRY, miss. (WLOX) – Hundreds flocked to the McHenry Christmas Craft Show to attend a wide range of local vendors, one of whom was selling goods to bring their son a better life.
Glenda Breland is in charge of Matt’s Mobile Market, but she couldn’t open business without her closest associates.
“My family and friends donated everything,” Breland said.
Breland and loved ones drove a box car from fair to fair to raise money for their son Matthew Matthew’s Fund, Inc.
“He was born prematurely when he was three days old. He’s had a stroke, ”she said.
She shares her son’s story in hopes of inspiring others to help out with the pitch in any way they can.
“Donate people from churches. I had a lady from Christians in Camo and they came and donated a bag and said, ‘Here, sell,’ ”she said.
Whenever she gets a chance, Glenda acts as a saleswoman and teaches her other son at home at the same time. She is Matthew’s full-time caregiver while he deals with cerebral palsy, Asperger’s, and autism.
“He’s a 15-year-old physically in all shapes, shapes and fashions, but mentally he stopped maturing when he was two,” she said.
The workload and emotional stress are taking a toll on Breland, especially after her insurance company refused her application for a special vehicle for her son.
“The state doesn’t consider a wheelchair-accessible van necessary,” she said. “So we have to find the van and they are going to put a wheelchair lift in, but the van has to be two, three years or newer and have less than 50,000 miles.”
The need to raise money leads the family to start a shop almost every weekend. It’s kind of a commitment, they said, it’s worth helping a family member in need.
“Right now we want to raise about $ 70,000 and we have $ 4,000 of that,” Breland said.
Your loved ones would love to see a new van for Matthew this Christmas, but until their hopes come true, celebrate what they can.
“About three months ago he said mommy for the first time in 10 years and it really got me,” Breland said.
For more information on Matthew, see Here.
The family also asks for prayers and donations.
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