Stranger's generosity helps family with child who has extremely rare health crisis
BALTIMORE (WBFF) -- A family from Nigeria now living in Baltimore in order to get medical help for their daughter got a very generous donation from a stranger.
It is very rare that 'Vehicles for Change' gets a donation of a wheelchair-accessible van. But it turned out the 10-year-old van was a perfect fit for the Olawuyi family. They received the van two weeks ago.
The family lives in downtown Baltimore at the Ronald McDonald House and the van will help them get to the medical appointments they have with their five-year-old daughter Kiki.
Kiki's parents, Belynda and Caleb Olawuyi, say their daughter was born with only half her skull. Here in the United States she has had several surgeries to move bone from her leg to her head.
After receiving medical asylum earlier this year, both Caleb and Belynda Olawuyi received certification as nursing assistants and are now working just outside the city. However, without access to a car it was difficult to work and care for Kiki and her three-year-old brother Jesse too.
Belinda says people in the Baltimore area have been generous. She says that was not the case back in her homeland where she explains some expressed a different attitude.
"I love her, even though they said you should throw her to the trash, throw her away, where people wouldn't know. I said my faith would not let me do that, and this is my daughter."
Caleb says, "We do not quantify the kind of love we receive here, the difference is clear."
To find out more about Vehicles for Change visit https://www.vehiclesforchange.org.
To find out more about Ronald McDonald House charities visit http://www.rmhc.org.