WILLARD, NC (WECT) - "It's like a surreal moment for me - just pinch me," said Jamie Tate Monday afternoon as she waited in anticipation for the reveal of her grandson's new sensory bedroom.
Welcome Home Angel, with the generosity of a team of volunteers from Live Oak Bank, will give 5-year-old Jabari MacDonald a brand new bedroom, equipped with sensory toys and therapeutic items to provide stimulation and entertainment for this child that doesn't get to play often.
Jabari has microcephaly and severe cerebral palsy.
He lives with his grandmother in a quaint home in Willard of Pender County and sleeps in her room, because his bedroom is completely empty right now.
The condition is so bad, that it doesn't even have flooring.
His loving grandmother is thrilled to move him to his own room so he will enjoy own space, made just for him.
"I hope I don't start crying," she said ahead of the reveal. "But, let the tears roll - you know, because I am excited. I am!"
The team of volunteers changed his bedroom into a space especially for Jabari. They also installed new flooring throughout the home so he can move more easily around the home in his wheelchair or transported in his hover lift.
Around 4 p.m., Tate wheeled Jabari into his new solar system themed room, featuring a space-themed light show, glow in the dark stars on the ceiling for stimulation, books and toys, as well as a speaker system loaded with church music which Tate says is Jabari's favorite.
"This is amazing, God be to glory for providing this avenue, I am so grateful for this team that did this," Tate said as teared rolled down her face. " I can't imagine this would ever happen, this is a miracle."
Founded in 2007, the mission of Welcome Home Angel is to bring joy to children with significant health or life-altering conditions and relief to their families by creating happier and more functional living spaces. They currently have seven projects in the works in New Hanover, Pender and Brunswick Counties.