As far as their children, family, and friends are concerned, the Merideths are angels in the flesh.
Misty Merideth and her wife live in Bethany, Oklahoma, and are currently in the process of adopting their ninth child out of foster care. The couple exclusively adopts and fosters kids who are terminally ill or have special needs — both of whom have a hard time finding homes.
And life hasn’t been easy for them. Two of their children have passed away, and five get around in wheelchairs. As such, traveling, even locally, has been tough with just one car lacking a wheelchair lift. Still, the Merideths wouldn’t change a thing.
“These kids are worth so much more than their diagnosis or their limitations,” Misty said. “They have the ability to do so much if you work with them.”
But things became a whole lot easier in January when upon hearing their story, Bethany Children’s Rehabilitation Hospital teamed up with Bethany Public Schools to give them a wheelchair-accessible bus — for free!
“It’s going to make it where we can take the kids on so many adventures now and not have to stress or hurt ourselves unloading the kids in all of the wheelchairs,” Misty added.
Then, as news of the well-deserved gift spread, local businesses doubled-down on the generosity. They gave the bus a roof-to-tire makeover, complete with a new paint job, superhero theme, and each of the children’s names written on the interior walls. And they did it all at no cost.
“We’ve had new tires, new brakes, new shocks, new alignment,” Misty said, adding the kids “are so happy” with their new ride. In fact, they’re currently gearing up for their first family trip ever!
Besides being incredibly grateful, the Merideths are hopeful the media attention will help other children like theirs find homes.
“We would like to encourage others to get out there and adopt or foster a special needs kid,” Misty said. “These kids are so worth it.”
We’d be hard-pressed to find anyone more worthy of such kindness and charity. What the Merideths do for their kids is the best gift of all, though.
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