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A big red wagon has long been a favorite toy for kids. But for some children who have special needs, a wagon is more than a toy. Some volunteers are reaching across the generations to help make sure those needs are met. Kim Riemland reports.

 
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(Locator: Conroe, Texas) 

Four-year-old Elizabeth Moore has leukemia—and years of treatment ahead.  Getting around hospitals has been a challenge for her mom.

Renee Moore, Daughter has Leukemia: “I would be pushing her in the stroller with one hand and I would be dragging the I.V. pole with another hand, and sometimes having to get both of them on an elevator.”

Now Elizabeth has a new way to navigate the halls … a special wagon from the Wheels of Love ministry at First United Methodist Church in Conroe, Texas.

Renee Moore: “She waves at everybody like she’s in a parade.  And, you know, she feels like she’s the princess.  So, it helps her.”

Retirees customize the wagons with trailers, I.V. poles, car seats and room for oxygen bottles.

Philip Keitel, Wheels of Love: “I just can’t turn away from a child in need.”

Each one takes 20 hours to build and costs around $350, covered by donations from church members.

The wagons bring children out of their rooms and into the world.

Richard Stanton, Wheels of Love: “Take him for a walk down the street, go to the park, go watch big brother play softball.  The child can be with the family.”

Anthony Castrejon also received a wagon.  He has heart problems and other complications.

Elizabeth Castrejon: “We need the help.  Just God bless them, because this is a wonderful idea.”

The Wheels of Love volunteers believe this is also an idea that’s going to grow.

Richard Stanton, Wheels of Love: “These are God’s angels on earth.  And I feel we have an obligation to do the best we can do for them.”

Renee Moore: “Just the fact that somebody cared enough to take the time, to use their workmanship and their talents and their crafts to make something that we can use and benefit from and make our life a little bit easier, it just really means a lot.”

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For more information on the Wheels of Love ministry, contact Richard Stanton at rstntn@consolidated.net or 936-522-6130.

Also, see: Ailing children navigate with Wheels of Love