Immediately after Variety kid Boston’s special new car seat was installed, his mom drove him the 40 minutes from their home in Washington to the Toys R Us store in St. Louis.
Not just because she’s a great mom. But just because she could.
You see, until Boston, a boy with autism and sensory issues, got this new car seat with help from Variety, his mom Brandi hadn’t been able to drive with Boston in their car without someone else going along, in more than 2 years.
Every other car seat Boston had, and he had a lot of them, he could get out of. And because none of them were made with his sensory issues in mind, he wanted out all the time.
Well, you can’t be driving with a kid loose in your car. Especially a kid like Boston.
So, every time Brandi had to take Boston to a doctor’s appointment, to the therapist, anywhere, someone else in the family had to go along to make sure Boston stayed in his seat.
That means her other kids had to miss school, or her husband had to stay home from work, just to do passenger duty.
Think about it. The simple act of taking Boston to the grocery to pick up a few things, something most of us take for granted, was either impossible, or only doable with a great deal of planning and/or inconvenience.
Even worse, though doctors, therapists, and teachers all claimed this Special Tomato car seat was medically necessary, Boston’s insurance coverage wouldn’t pay for it, classifying it a convenience item.
Of course, stepping in to help families in situations like this is why Variety exists. And so, within six weeks, thanks to Variety’s network of donors and suppliers, Boston had the car seat he needs.
And really, that his whole family needs. Because as Brandi says, “In the past, someone’s always had to drop everything, and now they won’t.”
The trip to Toys R Us–just her and Boston–was as easy and as magical as Brandi had hoped. Boston got a Nerf gun zombie blaster, and within 30 minutes of getting home, had already shot Brandi with it half a dozen times.
Each shot ricocheting off her arm a reminder of a family’s new good fortune.