Man with special needs goes to prom thanks to generous donation - WNEM TV 5

Man with special needs goes to prom thanks to generous donation

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SAGINAW, MI (WNEM) -

A local family needed a better car to help their son with special needs. Thanks to a generous Mid-Michigan business owner, the Saginaw family got to drive their son to prom.

"We are very, very grateful," Tara Allen said. 

Allen's son, 24-year-old Joseph, has cerebral palsy. He needs a wheel chair to get around. His family used to pay a lift service every time he needed to leave the house. Now, thanks to a generous local business owner, that's all changing. 

"Mr. Banks of Banks Funeral Home in Flint, Michigan donated the van thanks to the TV 5 news team rescue!" said Tara Allen

Allen said Sheldon Banks heard their story on TV 5 back in December. The family was in desperate need of a vehicle.  Allen said Banks told them to start car shopping. 

"I feel happy!" Joseph said. 

Allen said the special gift couldn't have came at a more perfect time. 

"Today is special for me and my family because he gets to go to prom in the city!" Allen said. 

Joseph now gets to ride in style to his prom. His mother said she looks forward to what's next for her son. 

"He's got a little challenge ahead but he is ready for it," Allen said. 

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